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Ameriprise Avoids Trial On Class Action Suit By Current and Former Employees With $27.5 Million Payment

In 2011, a group of current and former employees filed a class action lawsuit in the District Court of Minnesota claiming that Ameriprise Financial, Inc. and members of its 401(k) Plan fiduciary committee had breached their...more

Court of Appeal Strikes Down 2011 S.F. Charter Requirement that SFERS Be "Fully Funded" Before Vested Supplemental COLAs May be...

In a March 27, 2015 opinion, the First District Court of Appeal unanimously declared a voter-approved amendment to the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco (City) to be unconstitutional as applied to current City...more

Status Updates - March 2015 #2

Out with the inbox? The overwhelming popularity of workplace-specific platforms that facilitate coworker communication—commonly referred to as “enterprise social media”—is undeniable. But are these platforms poised to someday...more

CFSA weighs in on CFPB proposed payday regulations

On March 26th, the Community Financial Services Association (“CFSA”) held a press call to address the CFPB’s rulemaking process for developing payday loan regulations. CFSA Chief Executive Officer Dennis Shaul offered brief...more

US Supreme Court to Consider ERISA’s Tracing Requirements

On March 30, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would review Bd. of Trustees of Nat. Elevator Indus. Health Ben. Plan v. Montanile, 593 F. App’x 903 (11th Cir. 2014)....more

CFPB Considers Stronger Consumer Protections for Payday Loans and Similar Debt

On March 26, the CFPB announced that it is considering stronger consumer protections relating to payday loans, vehicle title loans, deposit advance products, and certain high-cost installment loans and open-end loans. The...more

CFPB holds hearing on payday and auto title loans in Richmond, VA

On March 26, the CFPB held a public hearing on payday and auto title lending, the same day that it released proposed regulations for short-term small-dollar loans. Virginia Attorney General, Mark Herring gave opening remarks,...more

CFPB 2014 complaints report shows large increase in debt collection and credit reporting complaints

The CFPB’s Consumer Response Annual Report analyzing complaints handled in 2014 indicates that volume rose 53% from 163,700 complaints in 2013 to 250,200 in 2014. The report provides data on the most common types of...more

CFPB to Publicly Disclose Consumer Complaint Database Narratives

On March 19, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) adopted a proposal to publicly disclose consumer complaint narratives in its Consumer Complaint Database. The Bureau also published its final policy...more

An RFP Process should not be a sham

Year ago, as a naïve associate at a semi-prestigious law firm, I got the short end of the stick to attend a quarterly Taft-Hartley meeting in Staten Island. If you ever have to drive from Long Island to Staten Island, you...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - March 2015

Editor's Overview - This month's newsletter discusses how to avoid liability under ERISA through plan design, including statute of limitations provisions, venue provisions, and anti-assignment provisions. Courts have...more

Pension News

In This Issue: - Budget Reforms - DC Charges and Governance - Department for Work and Pensions - Legislation - Public Service Pension Schemes - Other News - On the Horizon - Excerpt from...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/2015

Today marks the end of the second deadline week at the Capitol. Non-finance bills which have not been heard in all required House and Senate policy committees by midnight tonight may not be acted upon. ...more

ERISA: 6 New Trends in DOL Enforcement Actions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) just issued a “Fact Sheet” describing Fiscal Year 2014 civil and criminal enforcement activity under ERISA....more

Special Alert: CFPB Releases Outline Of Proposed Rule For Payday, Vehicle Title, And Similar Loans

On March 26, the CFPB announced that it is considering proposing a rule to “end payday debt traps” and released several related documents, including a fact sheet and an outline of the proposal that will be presented to a...more

CFPB shows its hand on payday (and title and longer-term high-rate) lending

The CFPB has moved a step closer to issuing payday loan rules by releasing a press release, factsheet and outline of the proposals it is considering in preparation for convening a small business review panel required by the...more

Don’t “Dabble” in Employee Benefit Plan Auditing

For years, U.S. Department of Labor Chief Accountant Ian Dingwall has been advising employee benefit plan administrators to avoid using auditors who “dabble” in employee benefit plans. During this period, the DOL has...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - March 2015 #4

Focus on Fiduciary Standards. In February the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) issued a Report on the Effects of Conflicted Investment Advice on Retirement Savings. In its conclusion, the Report estimated the...more

Second Circuit Revisits Remedies In Amara v. Cigna

The Second Circuit court of appeals held that a court can exercise its equitable powers to reform the terms of a cash balance retirement plan to provide greater benefits than stated in response to material misstatements made...more

No Fooling – Don’t Forget to Take Your First “Required Minimum Distribution” by April 1st

Generally, if you turned 70 ½ during 2014 and have a traditional IRA or other qualified retirement plan, you will need to take your first required minimum distribution (RMD) by April 1 of this year. This rule applies whether...more

FCA Releases Discussion Paper Under MiFID II

The revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) came into force on 2 July 2014. It will have effect on 3 January 2017, reflecting the period required for European Union member states to transpose its...more

A Good Retirement Plan Doesn’t Grow On Trees

It doesn’t grow on trees, it’s not in the water, and it doesn’t happen by accident. It didn’t happen overnight, it didn’t happen in a vacuum, and it certainly didn’t come out of thin air. A good retirement plan takes a lot of...more

Plan Administrator’s “Second Plan Interpretation” Violates Anti-Cutback Rule

The Third Circuit held that a plan administrator’s plan interpretation requiring an actuarial reduction of certain employees’ pension benefits conflicted with the plan’s terms. As such, its decision to reduce participants’...more

Federal and State Agencies Announce $714 Million FX Settlement

On March 19, four federal and state agencies –DOJ, the Department of Labor (DOL), the SEC, and New York Attorney General – entered into a proposed $714 million settlement agreement against a large bank to resolve allegations...more

Another payday loan study finds affordability and rollover limits do not benefit borrowers

We recently wrote about three studies that cast serious doubt on the benefit to payday loan borrowers of an ability-to-repay requirement, a payment-to-income (PTI) ratio ceiling, and rollover limits, three potential payday...more

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