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District Court in Fourth Circuit Rejects Extension of Amara-like Remedies to Benefit Cases

The Honorable Martin Reidinger, sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, declined Plaintiff’s invitation to extend the applicability of Cigna v. Amara, 131 S. Ct. 1866 (2011), to...more

Happy Birthday Dodd-Frank: The Whistleblower Program Milestones and How They’ve Impacted Business Ethics Training

Did you have some cake? Break out the balloons? While it’s hard to believe, it is true. Our little Dodd-Frank, signed into law by President Obama in 2010, is already four years old and about ready for pre-school. Although we...more

Can You Hear the Whistle Blowing?: SEC Punishes Company that Did Not Address Fraud Allegations by Whistleblower

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced the latest whistleblower bounty awarded under the Dodd-Frank Act, which authorizes rewards for original information about violations of securities laws....more

SEC Waives Whistleblower Eligibility Requirements to Issue $400,000 Award

On July 31, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a $400,000 whistleblower award to an individual who provided information leading to a successful SEC enforcement action. The SEC’s...more

SEC Denies Whistleblower Award Claim for Harbinger-Falcone Recovery

As recently reported by Ed Benson of Law 360, on July 4th, 2014, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or “Commission”) issued a final order that denied a whistleblower award claim on the $18 million...more

What Should the Trustee of a Private ESOP Do?

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently entered into an agreement with GreatBanc Trust Company settling claims relating to its service as trustee of an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) holding stock of a private company....more

Financial Advisors Advance Their Cause for Overtime Pay

According to Judge Frank Maas of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the first step was taken in the settlement process between Merrill Lynch & Co. and over 500 field financial advisors. Recently...more

DOL Settlement Is a Cautionary Tale for ESOP Trustees

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently settled a case involving an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) that provides guidance but also a warning for trustees and employers contemplating ESOP transactions that later go awry....more

The Mistaken Fiduciary: Can You Correct Overpayments to U.S. Retirees?

Even the best run pension plans occasionally pay retirees the wrong amount due to errors in employee classification, or calculating participant service or compensation. Correcting underpayments is easy enough – though it is...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Monetary “Make-Whole” Relief Is Not Available Absent Loss to Plan or Unjust Enrichment for Defendant...

A Ninth Circuit panel recognized that reformation, equitable estoppel and surcharge were among the “appropriate equitable relief” potentially available under Section 502(a)(3) of ERISA (following dictum in CIGNA Corp. v....more

$15M Judgment Reversed Due to Flawed Statistical Sampling Approach to Class Action

In a significant victory for California employers, the California Supreme Court threw out a $15 million judgment in favor of allegedly misclassified employees. In Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association, a putative class of...more

SEC Charges Hedge Fund Adviser with Whistleblower Retaliation under Dodd-Frank

On June 16, 2014, the SEC issued its first-ever charge of whistleblower retaliation under section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Act, charging a hedge fund advisor and its owner with “engaging in prohibited principal transactions and...more

Ninth Circuit Takes Narrow View of ERISA Surcharge Remedy

In Gabriel v. Alaska Electrical Pension Fund, the Ninth Circuit ruled that a pension plan participant could not be “made whole” by using the equitable remedy of surcharge to recover pension benefits he was erroneously told he...more

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

Damages for Breach of a 12-Month Non-Compete Covenant

In Merlin Financial Consultants Ltd v Cooper [2014] EWCH 1196, the High Court awarded damages to an employer where the employee had breached a 12-month non-compete covenant in a business (rather than employment) agreement. ...more

CFTC Hands Out First Whistleblower Award

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has announced the first award under its whistleblower program. The CFTC will pay an anonymous recipient approximately $240,000 for providing information about violations of the...more

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Issues First Whistleblower Award

On Monday, May 19, 2014, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued its first award to a whistleblower under its Dodd-Frank bounty program. ...more

Ask And You Shall Receive! Employers Should Interpret Requests For Plan Documents Broadly

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently joined a number of other appellate courts in adopting the “clear notice” standard under which a written request for copies of benefit plan documents subject to the Employee...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - May 2014

Editor's Overview - This month our authors explore two important areas of ERISA's fiduciary duties applicable to single employer and multiemployer plans. First, Neal Schelberg and Aaron Feuer comment on a growing trend...more

Pension News

Welcome to DLA Piper’s Pensions News publication in which we report on recent developments in pensions legislation, guidance and case law, as well as keeping you up to speed on what to look out for in the coming months. This...more

CFTC Announces First Whistleblower Award

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s whistleblower program was created as part of the Dodd-Frank Act. Under the program, the CFTC will provide awards to whistleblowers who report violations of the Commodity...more

CFTC To Make First Whistleblower Award For $240,000 — But Why?

The CFTC has a whistleblower award program that is separate from, but somewhat similar to, the SEC’s whistleblower award program. Both are mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act. The CFTC has announced that the agency will...more

CFTC Issues First Whistleblower Award

On Monday, May 19, 2014, the CFTC issued its first award to a whistleblower under its Dodd-Frank bounty program. The Commission will pay $240,000 to an unidentified whistleblower who “voluntarily provided original...more

Illinois Pension Reform Update: Judge Stays Implementation Of Pension Reform Law

On May 14, 2014, an Illinois Circuit Court Judge in Springfield issued an order staying the Pension Reform Law (Public Act 98-0599 – the “Act”) in its entirety and blocking the enforcement and administration of the Act until...more

Beyond Credit Reporting: The Extension of Potential Class Action Liability to Employers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Do not be fooled by its title: the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) reaches far beyond the realm of credit reporting and governs a broad spectrum of industries. Indeed, the provisions of FCRA apply to any business entity...more

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