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Fifth Circuit: Discretionary Ban Does Not Mandate De Novo Review

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In Ariana M. v. Humana Health Plan of Texas, Inc., No. 16-20174 (5th Cir. Apr. 21, 2017), the Firth Circuit concluded that Texas’ ban on discretionary clauses in certain insurance policies did not require a de novo review of...more

Company Liable for Not Providing Accurate Information about Benefits

by Dickinson Wright on

A recent court case, Erwood vs Life Insurance Company of North America, is a reminder that plan sponsors must understand the terms of their welfare and retirement benefit plans, and ensure that their staff follows the...more

Employer Liable for Failing to Provide Life Insurance Conversion Information to Disabled Employee

A recent decision by the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania serves as a reminder that an employer may incur significant financial liability for failing to timely provide life insurance...more

The First Dinosaur Has Died

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The New York Teamsters Road Carriers Local 707 Pension Fund (the “Local 707 Pension Fund”) is dead, reportedly having run out of money in early March 2017. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) the federal...more

DOL Continues Investigating Defined Benefit Plans Regarding Procedures for Locating Participants and Paying Benefits at Mandatory...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) publicized last year its stepped up enforcement efforts inquiring about procedures used by larger defined benefit plans for locating, and then beginning payment of benefits to, terminated...more

DOL’s Fiduciary Rule: On the Road to More Change?

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

The latest chapter in the 6-1/2 year history of the Department of Labor (DOL) final Fiduciary Rule is a 60-day delay of part of the final regulations, and a delay until January 1, 2018 for certain disclosures and other...more

DOL Issues Final Rule Delaying Fiduciary Rule until June 9, 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

As ordered by President Trump in a presidential memorandum on February 3, 2017, (Memorandum), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a 60-day delay to its conflict of interest rule (commonly referred to as the “fiduciary...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Officially Delayed

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On April 4, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a final rule extending by 60 days the applicability date of the final “fiduciary” regulation published a year ago (known colloquially as the “Fiduciary Rule”)....more

Update on the Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rules and Subsequent Challenges

On April 6, 2016, the Department of Labor under the Obama administration issued a new final rule and exemptions addressing when a person providing investment advice with respect to an employee benefit plan or individual...more

Ninth Circuit: Medical Providers Lack ERISA Standing

The Ninth Circuit affirmed two district court decisions that concluded medical providers were not “beneficiaries” under Section 502(a) of ERISA and therefore lacked standing to bring an ERISA claim...more

Class Notice Online Works Just Fine

by Carlton Fields on

In a case involving alleged violations of ERISA and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, the District Court of the Western District of Kentucky certified a class of Anthem Health Plan insureds who were denied...more

Labor Delays Fiduciary Rule

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The Department of Labor yesterday adopted a rule delaying the April 10 effective date of its “Fiduciary Rule” for 60 days. The delay gives Labor time to complete the re-study mandated by Trump’s February executive order....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Trouble at the Federal Reserve Bank of Virginia, where president Jeffrey Lacker abruptly resigned yesterday after disclosing that he had broken Fed rules in 2012 by relaying private deliberations to a financial analyst and...more

Client Alert: DOL’s Final Rule on Fiduciary Investment Advice—Overview and Considerations for Plan Sponsors

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On April 8, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule replacing its 1975 regulation defining fiduciary investment advice. The final rule, titled “Definition of the Term ‘Fiduciary’; Conflict of Interest...more

Health Care Providers Should Review Assignment of Benefit Forms After 9th Cir. Decision

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A federal appeals court recently brushed aside the claims of several health care providers, in large part because of the language in the assignment forms signed by their patients. The opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

IRS Announcement Mirrors DOL Enforcement Policy; U.S. Chamber of Commerce Still Seeking Injunction from the Fiduciary Rule

Following the Department of Labor’s (“DOL’s”) announcement in Field Assistance Bulletin (“FAB”) 2017-01 that it will temporarily not enforce the provisions of the final fiduciary rule, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”)...more

Employee Benefits Developments - March 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of March, 2017. Company Owner Found Personally Liable for Unpaid Contributions to Union Benefit Funds...more

Death Of The Substantial Compliance Doctrine?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In Halo v. Yale Health Plan, decided in April of 2016, the Second Circuit expressly rejected the “substantial compliance” doctrine with respect to alleged violations of the ERISA Claims Procedure regulation. Instead, the...more

Private Equity Compliance with ERISA: Navigating Manager Fiduciary Duties for Funds Holding ERISA Plan Assets

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On February 28, Todd Solomon and Maureen O’Brien presented a Strafford live webinar, “Private Equity Compliance With ERISA: Navigating Manager Fiduciary Duties for Funds Holding ERISA Plan Assets”. ERISA imposes fiduciary...more

Embezzlement of 401(k) Deferrals by COO of Architecture Firm is (Doubly) Costly

On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled against Christine Bodouva that her restoration of funds to her Company’s 401(k) Plan should be offset against the District Court’s order for forfeiture...more

Sixth Circuit: ERISA Exhaustion Not Required in Plan Amendment Suit

The Sixth Circuit held that retirement plan participants were not required to exhaust their administrative remedies prior to bringing a claim alleging that a plan amendment violated ERISA....more

Nevada Supreme Court Weighs in Again on the Nevada Constitution’s Minimum Wage Amendment

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On March 16, 2017, the Nevada Supreme Court issued yet another 6-0 en banc decision regarding the Nevada Constitution’s oft-litigated Minimum Wage Amendment, Nev. Cost. art. XV § 16 (“MWA” or the “Amendment”). The issues...more

Disgorgement Claims Continue To Confound Courts In ERISA Class Actions

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Courts continue to be split over the availability of disgorgement and “accounting for profits” in ERISA class actions involving in-house investment plans. On March 3, 2017, in Brotherston v. Putnam Investments, LLC, No....more

Update – A Rule Deferred: Department of Labor Delays Implementation of Fiduciary Rule

by Snell & Wilmer on

As we previously reported in our February 16, 2017 blog post, “A Rule Deferred: Department of Labor Delays Implementation of Fiduciary Rule,” the DOL anticipated delaying the effective date of the fiduciary rule by 180 days. ...more

DOL Announces Temporary Enforcement Policy and Proposes to Extend Application of Rules Under Best Interest Contract Exemption by...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In response to a February 3, 2017 memorandum by the President to the Secretary of Labor, on March 2, 2017, the DOL proposed to extend for 60 days the applicability date for final rules on the Best Interest Contract Exemption...more

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