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UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court Decides ERISA Statute of Limitations Case – Implications for Plan Fiduciaries

Last November, we reported that the Supreme Court had granted certiorari in Tibble v. Edison International, a Ninth Circuit decision holding that a claim that a plan fiduciary breached its duty of prudence in selecting plan...more

Asset Purchasers May Be Found Liable as “Successors”

Recent court decisions suggest that parties engaged in corporate asset sale transactions involving potential multiemployer pension plan liability should give extra consideration to the structure and terms of their...more

ERISA: 3rd Circuit — Denial Letters That Fail to Detail Plan’s Limitation Period Are Invalid

The courts are expecting more detail in your denial letters about the limitations period. Here’s the case of Mirza v. Insurance Administrator of America, Inc.., No. 13-3535 (3rd Cir. August 26, 2015)(“One very simple...more

FCRA Tip: Keep Hands On

A federal trial court will conduct a trial on a Fair Credit Reporting Act claim because the employer streamlined its background check system. In this case, a bank used a third party service provider to conduct background...more

Third Circuit Says ERISA Administrative Appeal Denial Letters Must State Plan-Imposed Time Limits

The Third Circuit recently held that ERISA administrative appeal denial letters must include plan-imposed time limits for commencing a lawsuit challenging the claim denial, and the failure to provide such notice warranted...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - August 2015

Editor's Overview - As the summer draws to a close, this month's Newsletter previews three cases that the U.S. Supreme Court already has agreed to hear that ought to be of particular interest to ERISA plan sponsors and...more

Sixth Circuit Enforces Subrogation Clause

The Sixth Circuit rejected a participant’s argument that the plan’s subrogation provision was not enforceable because it was only in the plan’s summary plan description, and not in the trust agreement that the participant...more

Retaliation Litigation on the Rise: The SEC’s Broadening Interpretation of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Provisions

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Act”) instituted sweeping changes to the financial sector of American industry. In addition to increased federal oversight, the Act implemented a...more

Eleventh Circuit Addresses Statutory Penalty Claims under ERISA

The ERISA statute authorizes a court to award a penalty of up to $110 per day based on the failure of an Administrator to respond to a participant’s or a beneficiary’s request for plan documents. The term “Administrator” is...more

Macron Law: its major changes

The law for growth, activity and equal opportunities, known as “Macron Law” (hereafter referred as “the Law”) has been approved on 6 August, 2015. From the reform of the procedure before employment tribunals to the...more

Ninth Circuit: Multiemployer Plan Calling Unpaid Contributions “Plan Assets” Does Not Make Persons Controlling Contribution...

The Ninth Circuit recently held that a multiemployer pension plan (MEP) cannot label unpaid contributions as “plan assets” so as to impose ERISA fiduciary status on persons controlling the payment of employer contributions to...more

Fifth Circuit Revives SOX Whistleblower Claim But Rejects Allegations Not Exhausted Before OSHA

In Wallace v. Tesoro Corp., the Fifth Circuit revived a SOX whistleblower complaint that was dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, finding that the plaintiff’s alleged belief that the company...more

Eleventh Circuit Again Affirms Dismissal of Stock Drop Claim Against Delta Air Lines

The Eleventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of ERISA breach of fiduciary claims against Delta Air Lines and other alleged plan fiduciaries in connection with a defined contribution plan’s investments in Delta Air Lines stock. ...more

No Damages Awarded for ERISA Plan Fund Mapping Claims

Mapping in a 401(k) plan occurs when an investment option is removed and the participant’s investment in that option is transferred to a different investment option (absent direction from the participant). On remand from the...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 19

Zombie Lien in Washington State: The Lien That Just Won’t Die - In Shelcon Construction Group v. Hammond and Anchor Mutual Savings Bank, decided on May 27, 2015, a Washington State Court of Appeals court determined that...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Characterization Of Motions “For Reconsideration,” Remands To Determine Whether Dispute Is Arbitrable

The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently remanded a case to the district court for full consideration of a request to compel arbitration, finding the lower court’s order “inconsistent with the emphatic federal...more

ERISA (11th Cir.): Tougher for Claimants to Win ERISA Statutory Penalty Claims

We see plaintiffs asserting an ERISA claim for statutory penalties more frequently now. These claims seek statutory penalties (up to $110 per day), alleging the plan administrator “fail[ed] or refus[ed] to comply with a...more

Third Circuit Rules That Actual Harm Needed for Monetary Equitable Remedy

The Third Circuit recently held that a plaintiff was not entitled to a monetary, equitable remedy under ERISA § 502(a)(3) where he failed to prove actual harm. Perelman v. Perelman, Nos. 14–1663, 14–2742, 2015 WL 4174537 (3d...more

Employee Benefits Developments - June 2015

Supreme Court: Plan Fiduciaries Have a Continuing Duty to Monitor Plan Investments. In 2007, participants and beneficiaries under a 401(k) plan sued the plan fiduciaries and the plan sponsor to recover damages for alleged...more

Declaration of Independence: Preserving the Role of the Independent Fiduciary Post-Dudenhoeffer

In the wake of Fifth Third v. Dudenhoeffer, a complaint that seeks to hold an ERISA fiduciary liable for failing to divest a plan of employer stock based solely upon publicly available information fails to state a plausible...more

Economic Analysis in Fiduciary Monitoring Disputes Following the Supreme Court’s ‘Tibble’ Ruling

The topic of fiduciary monitoring is receiving a lot of attention in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Tibble v. Edison (‘‘Tibble’’). In this decision, the Court ruled that plan fiduciaries have a...more

Bank Bond Covers Third-Party Losses Arising out of Bank Employee’s Fraud, Eighth Circuit Holds

Fidelity bonds are purchased primarily to protect against loss to the policyholder’s own assets, from things like employee theft or embezzlement. In Avon State Bank v. BancInsure, Inc., however, the Eighth Circuit interpreted...more

Supreme Court Denies Review of Fourth Circuit Loss Causation Case

The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to grant certiorari to review the Fourth Circuit’s decision in RJR Pension Investment, et al. v. Tatum, 761 F.3d 363 (4th Cir. 2014). As we previously reported, a divided panel of the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Says “Regular Review” of ERISA Investments Required

ERISA plan fiduciaries charged with responsibility for selecting, monitoring or removing plan investment options should pay close attention to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Tibble v. Edison Intl., 135 S. Ct. 1823...more

Third Circuit Approves Use Of Structured Dismissals Of Chapter 11 Bankruptcies, but Rarely

On May 21, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit approved the settlement and dismissal of chapter 11 bankruptcy cases through a structured dismissal in rare instances. See Official Committee of...more

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