Russell Hirschhorn

Russell Hirschhorn

Proskauer Rose LLP

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The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - July 2014

Editor's Overview - The end of the U.S. Supreme Court's term brought two significant ERISA decisions. The first concerns the standard of review that courts apply when evaluating ERISA stock-drop claims. As discussed...more

7/17/2014 - Affordable Care Act Burwell v Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Employer Mandates ERISA FIfth Third Bancorp v Dudenhoeffer Hobby Lobby Mental Health Parity Rule Religious Exemption Religious Freedom Restoration Act SCOTUS Stock Drop Litigation

Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer – An Analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision

For over two decades, federal courts have embraced the so-called Moench presumption of prudence in ERISA stock-drop cases. Pursuant to that presumption, courts have routinely dismissed such claims absent allegations in a...more

6/26/2014 - ERISA FIfth Third Bancorp v Dudenhoeffer SCOTUS Stock Drop Litigation U.S. Bancorp

SCOTUS Says No Presumption of Prudence In ERISA Stock Drop Cases

Earlier today, in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to adopt the so-called Moench presumption of prudence pursuant to which many circuit courts had dismissed ERISA stock drop claims unless...more

6/26/2014 - ERISA FIfth Third Bancorp v Dudenhoeffer SCOTUS Stock Drop Litigation U.S. Bancorp

Yet Another Decision On The Availability of Equitable Surcharge

A district court in Pennsylvania concluded that a decedent’s life insurance plan beneficiaries were entitled to equitable surcharge where the plan administrator failed to, among other things, inform the decedent about the...more

6/19/2014 - Beneficiaries Equitable Surcharge Life Insurance

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - June 2014

Editor's Overview - In this month's issue, our authors address severance benefit claims and ERISA disclosure requirements. In our first article, Joe Clark addresses whether a plan administrator should conduct an...more

6/16/2014 - Affordable Care Act Disclosure Requirements Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues ERISA Evidentiary Rulings Hiring & Firing Plan Administrators Reporting Requirements Settlement Severance Agreements Severance Pay

Plaintiff’s Claim for Estoppel, Reformation and Surcharge Strikes Out

A divided panel of the Ninth Circuit recently held that plaintiff Gregory Gabriel could not recover, as “appropriate equitable relief,” pension benefits he thought he was owed from the Alaska Electrical Pension Fund, after...more

6/11/2014 - Equitable Estoppel Equitable Relief Estoppel Unjust Enrichment

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - March 2014

Our first article this month addresses the treatment of the attorney-client privilege in employee benefits matters. Pursuant to the so-called "fiduciary exception," communications between an attorney and a plan fiduciary are...more

3/12/2014 - Attorney-Client Privilege Confidential Communications ERISA Fiduciary Duty Legal Advice Privilege

View From Proskauer: ERISA Plan Fiduciaries—Are Your Conversations With Counsel Privileged?

It is generally understood that communications between clients and lawyers are privileged and that the substance of those conversations may not be divulged to third parties except in the rarest of circumstances. In the...more

3/11/2014 - Attorney-Client Privilege Corporate Counsel ERISA Fiduciary Duty

Don’t Waive Privilege: Exclude Unnecessary Service Providers From Meetings

A recent opinion from a federal district court in Massachusetts provides plan sponsors and fiduciaries with a reminder that plan service providers should be excused from meetings where their attendance is not needed to assist...more

2/13/2014 - Attorney-Client Privilege Benefit Plan Sponsors Confidentiality Meeting Minutes

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2014

This month we look at part three of our three part series on Class Actions. In part three, Robert Rachal and M. Todd Mobley address the role of experts in class certification post Wal-Mart and Comcast and how to use and...more

1/21/2014 - Blue Cross Burden of Proof Cafeteria Plans Class Action Class Certification Comcast Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Daubert Standards Discrimination ERISA Flexible Spending Accounts General Motors Health Savings Accounts Human Resources Professionals IRA Predominance Requirement Rule 23 Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Subject Matter Experts Wal-Mart

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - August 2013

In this month's newsletter we address ten important issues to consider when drafting and amending a summary plan description. ...more

8/13/2013 - ERISA Litigation Strategies Summary Plan Description

Second Circuit Dismisses Lehman Brother’s ERISA Stock-Drop Action

The Second Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of former Lehman Brothers employees’ fiduciary breach claims relating to their investment in the Lehman Brothers stock fund through their 401(k) plan. Rinehart v. Akers, 2013...more

7/24/2013 - Breach of Duty ERISA Fiduciary Duty Lehman Brothers Stock Trades

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - July 2013

As Amy Covert and Aaron Feuer discuss below, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co. where it is expected to rule next term on whether plan sponsors may dictate in the...more

7/12/2013 - Affordable Care Act Certiorari Compensation & Benefits ERISA Fees Form 720 Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co. Insurers PCORI SCOTUS Statute of Limitations

The Supreme Court’s Decision to Affirm An Arbitrator’s Decision Compelling Class Arbitration May Be Most Notable For What Was Not...

ERISA plan sponsors, and employers more broadly, have been anxiously awaiting two rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court that they hope would clarify the ability to enforce class action waivers in arbitration agreements....more

6/12/2013 - Arbitration Agreements Class Action ERISA SCOTUS Waivers

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Plan Terms Trump Equitable Defenses

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in U.S. Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen in which the Court unanimously ruled that a clearly drafted reimbursement clause will trump all equitable defenses....more

4/17/2013 - McCutchen v. U.S. Airways Reimbursements SCOTUS US Airways

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - April 2013

Editor's Overview - The importance of clear and unambiguous plan language cannot be overstated. The Second Circuit recently applied this well-established principle to conclude that a plan's administrative claims process must...more

4/12/2013 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Claim Procedures ERISA Pensions

Second Circuit Compels Individual Arbitration

The Second Circuit ruled today in Parisi v. Goldman, Sachs & Co. that a plaintiff was required to arbitrate her Title VII claim even though it would effectively preclude her from pursuing a class claim in federal court or in...more

3/22/2013 - Arbitration Class Action Title VII

View From Proskauer: Clear the Confusion to Ensure ERISA Plan Exhaustion

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently joined the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eleventh Circuits in concluding that Employee Retirement Income Security Act plan participants are not required...more

3/19/2013

Second Circuit: Deferential Standard Applies Without Notice To Participants & Reimbursement Claims Are Equitable Relief

Yesterday, the Second Circuit ruled on two important issues of note for ERISA plan sponsors and plan fiduciaries. In Thurber v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., 2013 WL 950704 (2d Cir. Mar. 13, 2013), the Court ruled that...more

3/15/2013

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