Fiduciary Duty

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Supreme Court Affirms Duty to Monitor Plan Investments

The Supreme Court’s decision will undermine a plan fiduciary’s ability to assert a statute of limitations defense based on when an investment option was added; rather, the six year statute of limitations will be measured from...more

The Impact of Newman on SEC Enforcement: Part I

This is the first segment of a five part series discussing the impact of the Second Circuit’s ruling in Newman on SEC insider trading cases. Introduction - In seeking rehearing and an en banc hearing before the...more

Exercising Registration Rights Did Not Violate Fiduciary Duties

Molycorp, Inc. is a publically traded Delaware corporation engaged in a the production and sale of rare earth oxides. Private equity investors held 44% of Molycorp’s stock, appointed certain directors and had demand...more

OIG issues additional guidance to healthcare boards regarding compliance efforts and oversight

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, together with leading legal, audit and compliance collaborators, recently issued the fourth in a series of publications providing...more

Supreme Court Expands Scope of Fiduciary Liability

In Tibble v. Edison International, the U.S. Supreme Court expanded the scope of the duty of prudence owed by ERISA fiduciaries. Although ostensibly a case about the statute of limitations, the Court ruled that trustees of...more

Supreme Court Rules that Plan Fiduciaries Owe a Fiduciary Duty to Periodically Review Plan Investments

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Tibble v. Edison International held that plan fiduciaries owe an ongoing duty to review plan investments periodically to ensure compliance with their obligations under the...more

Less Is More? Not when it comes to director compensation plans and effective shareholder ratification

Companies cannot merely rely upon shareholder approval to obtain protection under the business judgment rule. While the courts in Delaware do frequently apply the standard of waste to claims of breach of fiduciary duty and...more

OCC Issues Final Rule to Integrate Licensing Rules for National Banks and Federal Savings Institutions

On May 18, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) adopted a final rule to (1) integrate its rules relating to policies and procedures for corporate activities and transactions involving national banks and federal...more

Director Compensation After Calma v. Templeton: Proactive Steps to Consider

Delaware case exposes director compensation to heightened “entire fairness” standard absent adequate stockholder ratification - The Delaware Court of Chancery recently decided a case that makes it easier for plaintiffs...more

Northstar v. Schwab: The Ninth Circuit’s End Run Around Derivative Lawsuits in the Mutual Fund Context

It is well recognized that only investors have standing to sue a mutual fund on behalf of a class of investors and that a fiduciary duty claim accusing fund trustees of mismanagement is the property of the fund, and not of...more

Delaware Courts Continue to Clarify Creditor Standing With Respect to Insolvent Companies

On May 4, 2015, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued an opinion in Quadrant Structured Products Company, Ltd. v. Vertin clarifying when a creditor gains standing to pursue derivative...more

Supreme Court Hits Home Run for 401(K) Plan Beneficiaries

This week’s decision by the United States Supreme Court in Tibble v. Edison International, 2015 U.S. LEXIS 3171 (May 18, 2015), is expected to trigger an increase in lawsuits against 401(k) plan fiduciaries....more

Tibble v. Edison International Decision Finds Ongoing Duty to Monitor Investments in 401(k) Plans

The Supreme Court holds that ERISA’s limitations period does not bar an alleged breach for failure to monitor a plan’s investments. Background - On May 18, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Tibble v....more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds that Creditor Plaintiffs in Derivative Suits May Satisfy Standing Requirement by Showing...

In Quadrant Structured Products Co., Ltd. v. Vertin, C.A. No. 6990-VCL, 2015 WL 2062115 (Del. Ch. May 4, 2015), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a creditor plaintiff needs only establish that a corporation was...more

U.S. Supreme Court Decision on ERISA Fiduciary Duty Statute of Limitations Case Provides Broad Principle But Little Practical...

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Tibble v. Edison International, a highly anticipated case involving whether ERISA’s six year statute of limitations for breach of fiduciary duty claims prevented a claim...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Rights of Creditors and Duties of Directors of Insolvent Delaware Entities Clarified

When companies are in financial distress the question arises as to what rights shift to creditors from shareholders or other equity owners. The Delaware Chancery Court recently addressed this issue in some detail in Quadrant...more

Supreme Court: ERISA Fiduciaries Have Ongoing Duty to Monitor Investments - Selection of Plan Investment Alternative Is Not a...

In Tibble v. Edison International, 13-550 (U.S. May 18, 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) requires ERISA plan fiduciaries to monitor plan investments for...more

U.S. Department of Labor Re-Proposes Rules Governing the Definition of “Fiduciary”—Part 3: The Impact on Large Retirement Plans

In Part 1 of this series, we reported on recently proposed regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor amending the definition of the term “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the...more

Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Paves Way for 401(k) Plan Lawsuits

On May 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a unanimous decision that may pave the way for more lawsuits against ERISA plans alleging a breach of fiduciary duty regarding plan fees and choice of investment alternatives....more

Are Top Hat Plans Entitled to a Discretionary Standard of Review?

Many years ago the Supreme Court decided that qualified retirement plans that gave their fiduciaries discretion to determine plan benefits were entitled to have their decisions, reviewed by a court under a generous “abuse of...more

Supreme Trouble with Tibble

While the Supreme Court ruled in the monumental 401(k) case Tibble v. Edison that mostly dealt with statute of limitations issues, one could read something into it a little more. Tibble was the case where the District...more

Supreme Court Rules on Plan Fiduciaries Duty to Monitor Plan Investments

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held on Monday, May 18, 2015, that a plan trustee has a continuing duty to adequately monitor plan investments and remove imprudent ones. Tibble v. Edison, Int’l, 2015 BL...more

Supreme Court Ruling Heightens Pressure on Fiduciaries to Monitor 401(k) Plan Investments

On May 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Tibble et al. v. Edison International et al., No. 13-550 (S. Ct. May 18, 2015) that ordinary principles of trust law impose on ERISA fiduciaries a duty to continually...more

Delaware Offers New Guidance on Enforcing Fiduciary Duties Owed to Insolvent Corporations

On May 4, 2015, Vice Chancellor Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a decision in Quadrant Structured Products Co., Ltd. v. Vertin, analyzing creditors’ standing to bring derivative claims against directors...more

It Takes Only One Retirement Plan Participant To Sink An Employer

There are a couple of songs that says it takes two, but that’s for love. When it comes to causing grief and heartache for retirement plan sponsor, it only takes one. The one is a plan participant who is adamant of making a...more

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