Plan Participant Who Withdrew All Assets from Retirement Plan Still has Standing to Sue for Breach of Fiduciary Duty

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Recently, in Harris v. Amgen, Inc., ___ F.3d ___, 2009 WL 202758 (9th Cir. July 14, 2009), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a former employee who withdrew his assets from an ERISA-governed retirement contribution plan still had standing to assert a breach of fiduciary claim against the plan fiduciaries, on the grounds that his retirement account might have been worth more at the time of the withdrawal had there been no breach of fiduciary duty.

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