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Editor's Overview - As it is well known, in Cigna Corp. v. Amara, 131 S. Ct. 1866 (2011), the U.S. Supreme Court identified several forms of appropriate equitable relief that may be available under Section 502(a)(3) of...more

View From Proskauer: The Availability of Surcharge as Relief for Individual ERISA Fiduciary Breach Claims

Three years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court identified three forms of appropriate equitable relief — reformation, equitable estoppel and surcharge — that are available under Section 502(a)(3) of the Employee Retirement Income...more

California Federal Courts Tell Insurers Not to Jump the Gun in Suing Policyholders for Reimbursement

In a series of opinions issued over the past few months, federal judges in California have reiterated that insurers must wait until they are finished defending their policyholders before they sue those policyholders for...more

Wal-Mart Stores East Will Pay $72,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Retailer Refused to Reasonably Accommodate Applicant With End-Stage Renal Disease, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P., will pay $72,500 and provide significant equitable relief to settle a...more

Court Confirms Arbitration Panel’s Interim Award Requiring Reinsurer To Post Security For Cedent’s Claimed Losses

A federal district court has confirmed an arbitration panel’s interim award requiring Allied Provident, as reinsurer, to post security for unreimbursed losses and expenses that its cedent claims are due under the parties’...more

District Court in 11th Circuit Deems Claim for Equitable Relief Appropriate under Amara and Varity

Yet again, the Court has been called upon to negotiate the juxtaposition between Varity and Amara. According to the Complaint in Biller v. Prudential Ins. Co. and Six Continents Hotels, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 118577,...more

MPW Industrial Services Will Pay $37,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Company Fired Laborer Because of Back Impairment, Federal Agency Charged - PITTSBURGH -- MPW Industrial Services Inc., a provider of industrial cleaning, facility management and labor support services, will pay $37,500...more

Judge Castel Rejects Laches and Equitable Estoppel Defenses

Defendant moved to dismiss Plaintiff’s first amended complaint based on the affirmative defenses of laches and equitable estoppel. The patents-in-suit are U.S Patent Nos. 7,980,095 (“Jewelry method and system”) and 8,479,536...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Widow’s Claim for Equitable Relief

The Fourth Circuit recently rejected fiduciary breach and equitable estoppel claims for life insurance coverage by Leslie Moon, the widow of a deceased employee, who claimed that the employer’s actions resulted in Mr. Moon’s...more

Massachusetts AG Requires Mortgage Servicer To Provide Foreclosure-Related Relief

On June 16, Massachusetts Attorney General (AG) Martha Coakley announced that a large mortgage servicer agreed to provide $3 million in borrower relief and pay $700,000 to the Commonwealth to resolve allegations that the...more

Ninth Circuit Uncharacteristically Takes the Lead in Limiting Plaintiffs' Rights to Recover for Breach of Fiduciary Duty under...

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized, for the first time, that some forms of equitable relief could lead to an award of a monetary payment for breach of fiduciary duty under section 502(a)(3) of ERISA, 29 U.S.C. section...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

Ninth Circuit Narrowly Upholds Class Settlement In Misclassification Case

We’ve commented several times recently on the increasing scrutiny courts are giving to class action settlements generally, and to attorney fee awards in particular. A recent decision from the Ninth Circuit, although it...more

Winebrenner Transfer Will Pay $42,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Trucking Company Fired Female Driver Because She Complained About Pay Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Winebrenner Transfer, Inc., a Hagerstown, Md.-based commercial trucking company, will pay...more

Supreme Court Copyright Decision Determines When Laches Applies

On May 19, 2014, in a six-to-three decision written by Justice Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the doctrine of laches did not bar either legal or equitable relief in a copyright case that was brought within the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Laches Cannot Bar Damages Relief for Timely Filed Copyright Infringement Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that the defense of laches cannot serve as an absolute bar to relief for actions brought within the Copyright Act’s three-year limitations period. The majority opinion, penned by Justice...more

Equity – Establishing the Elements of Equitable Tolling and Equitable Estoppel

Linda Hopkins v. Jurek Kedzierski as Trustee, etc., et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (April 16, 2014) - Under the principle of equitable tolling, a statute of limitations will not bar a claim...more

Graham Decision Adopts Gabelli Rationale to Apply Five-Year Statute of Limitations to Enforcement Actions Seeking Equitable Relief

The decision of a U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida judge to dismiss a case involving an alleged $300 million Ponzi scheme on statute of limitations grounds holds significant implications for time...more

Raging Bull Majority Decision: Supreme Court Nixes Laches As Defense To Copyright Damages

In Petrella v. MGM, the U.S. Supreme Court was confronted with the question of whether laches is available as a defense to copyright infringement. We have previously written about the case here and here. Yesterday, May 19,...more

Zero Damages Does Not Preclude Equitable Relief

Platypus Wear, Inc. v. Horizonte LTDA - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit vacated and remanded a district court’s conclusion that where the jury found liability but awarded zero damages, the district...more

Could Federal Circuit Decision Weaken FRAND Defense?

On Monday, May 5, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, by transferring the Microsoft v. Motorola case to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, issued an order which may significantly impact the ability of...more

“You Can’t Bend It That Way, Beckham”: Federal Court Dismisses Plaintiff’s Attempted Claims for Equitable Relief

Following the U. S. Supreme Court’s decision in CIGNA Corp. v. Amara, 131 S. Ct. 1866 (2011), the federal courts have wrestled with the task of defining the scope of remedies for “appropriate equitable relief” under ERISA §...more

Direct Optical to Pay $53,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

Farmington Hills Optical Store Fired Employee Because of Request for Service Dog, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - Direct Optical, Inc., an optical store in Farmington Hills, Mich., will pay $53,000 and furnish other...more

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Confirms Rectification Cannot Remedy Unanticipated Tax Consequences

The recent decision of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Graymar Equipment (2008) Inc v Canada (Attorney General), 2014 ABQB 154 is an important reminder of the limited nature of the equitable remedy of rectification...more

Appeal Court Re-Writes Rules Relating to Insolvent Tenants

Landlords' set to obtain "full value" as a result of re-statement of ancient equitable principle - Pillar Denton Limited and others v Jervis and others - Outline - In a ruling relating to the stricken...more

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