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Another One Bites the Dust – U.S. Supreme Court Rules that ERISA Plans May Chase Funds Outside the Control of a Beneficiary

On November 12, the United States State Supreme Court denied cert in ACS Recovery Services, Inc., v. Griffin 723 F.3d 518 (5th Cir. 2013), preserving a 5th Circuit Court ruling which closed the door on another means of...more

Recent Case Opens Door to Civil Enforcement Claims for Negligent FICA Tax Withholding

A District Court in Eastern Michigan recently rejected a motion to dismiss a participant’s benefit claim, holding that an employer legally could be liable to a participant in a nonqualified deferred compensation plan when the...more

Pitfalls On Termination: Employer May Be Liable For Employees’ Loose Talk

Even though a Virginia bank properly terminated a bank teller and then warned bank employees not to discuss it, the bank still faced potential liability to the ex-teller for defamation when employees talked about it to...more

Bank Liability to Non-Customers in a Ponzi Scheme

The morning news reports flashes a report that your customer was actually a Ponzi scheme and defrauded numerous people. Of course, this is terrible news for the innocent victims, but, you ask yourself, could my bank be...more

Failure to Issue Litigation Hold Is Not Necessarily Gross Negligence, Second Circuit Holds

In a decision that will surprise some, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held in Chin v. Port Authority that the failure to issue a litigation hold is not gross negligence per se. This decision runs...more

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Alert Newsletter -- July 2012: Recent Cases Illustrate Possibility of Substantial...

Since the Schramm v. Foster, 341 F.Supp.2d 53 (D. Md. 2004), transportation companies have been aware of the possibility of suits and verdict against transportation brokers. This is significant because many carriers also...more

Overlapping Auto Coverage In The New Age

The Alberta government, in its wisdom (or lack thereof) has recently changed the rules for situations of overlapping auto coverage. In this paper, I will summarize the changes with a particular focus on non-owned auto...more

Collecting Unpaid Wages Gets Easier

Collecting Unpaid Wages Gets Easier: Illinois workers can now go straight to court to collect unpaid wages, as well as their legal fees, rather than first filing a complaint with the state; Employees can now sue not only...more

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