Fiduciary Duty

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Are A Breach Of Fiduciary Duty And A Breach Of Governing Documents “Non Bis In Idem”?

Last week, I discussed the Court of Appeal’s consideration of whether the business judgment rule protects a director from claims based on breach of the corporation’s governing documents. See Does The Business Judgment Rule...more

Blog: How Did Corporate Boards Become Afflicted With Economic ADHD?

The author, the Executive Director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute, begins with the evidence that the disease has taken hold: he first notes an academic study showing that “three quarters of senior...more

Industry Organizations Sue to Prevent Enforcement of the Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor’s (“Department”) Fiduciary Rule and related Best Interest Contract Exemption and Prohibited Transaction Exemption amendments (collectively, the “Regulatory Package”) have faced significant resistance...more

Maryland Court of Special Appeals Reaffirms Heightened Standard for Recovering Punitive Damages

On June 1, 2016, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland issued an opinion in 1st Team Fitness, LLC, et al. v. Francesco Illiano, No. 0136, Sept. Term 2015 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Jun. 1, 2016) reaffirming Maryland’s heightened...more

The Cold Comfort of the Best Interest Contract Exemption

The BIC Exemption to the new DOL Fiduciary Rule offers some relief, but at a potentially prohibitive cost. The US Department of Labor (the DOL) recently forced the most significant change to the investment community...more

Court Reverses Decision On The Fair Market Value Of A Residence Due To The Surviving Spouse’s Interest

In Estate of Sloan, a wife died leaving her home, and her husband was the executor of her estate. No. 02-15-00198-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 6465 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth June 16, 2016, no pet. history). The wife’s will left all...more

The Financial CHOICE Act; Dodd-Frank Reform (Not Repeal)

On June 7, 2016, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) released an executive summary of the Financial CHOICE Act (the “FCA”), his highly anticipated bill to revisit the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #3

Regulatory Developments - OFAC Updates Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Lifting Sanctions on Iran - On June 8, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (OFAC) updated its...more

Dell Decision Grants Claimants Fair Value Award Above Merger Price

Delaware law has long made clear that the price established for a company in a market transaction, while a relevant factor, does not necessarily equate to the fair value that shareholder claimants are entitled to receive in...more

Court Holds That An Officer Of A General Partner Does Not Individually Owe Fiduciary Duties To The Partnership

In Rainier Income Fund I v. Gans, two limited partnerships sued an individual, who was the president of the general partner of the partnerships and co-owner of the only other limited partner, for breaching fiduciary duties...more

The Final DOL Fiduciary Rule—Considerations for Plan Sponsors

The final rule has implications for plan sponsors and may impact certain relationships with service providers. On April 6, after a long (and some might say tortured) process, the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued a...more

Five Lawsuits Filed Against DOL’s Fiduciary Rule (so far)

As we previously discussed in our May 19, 2016 SW Benefits Update, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued final regulations on fiduciary conflicts of interest in retirement programs. Since 2010 when the DOL first...more

Plan Sponsors are Seeking ERISA Fiduciary Services

When I was in law school at American University and we moved into a new building (20 years later, they are now in another new building) a few blocks away from the main campus. The computer sync site at the new building had a...more

The Department of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Regulations: The Principal Transactions Exemption

This post continues our examination of the Department of Labor’s suite of final fiduciary and conflict of interest regulations. Our prior posts discussed the newly expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary” and the...more

Lawsuits Filed Challenging The USDOL’s Final Fiduciary Rules

On April 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor released its Final Rule addressing when a person providing services to an employee benefit plan or individual retirement account (IRA) is considered to be providing investment...more

Delaware Chancery Court Rejects MBO Merger Price as Best Evidence of Fair Value in Appraisal Proceeding

In In re Appraisal of Dell Inc., No. 9322 VCL, 2016 Del. Ch. LEXIS 81 (Del. Ch. May 31, 2016) (Laster, V.C.), the Delaware Court of Chancery determined that the fair value of the common stock of Dell Inc. (“Dell” or the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.10.16

More thoughts on the Department of Labor’s new retirement adviser fiduciary duty standard, including questions about the “grassroots” movement the US Chamber of Commerce is claiming to support its opposition to the standard....more

Perspectives - June 2016

In April 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released the final version of the fiduciary rule. The final rule was six years in the making and impacts retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, and the employer who offer...more

Court Orders Cigna to Pay Out-of-Network Surgical Claims

On June 1, 2016, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas ordered Cigna to pay nearly $13.7 million to Humble Surgical Hospital, LLC (“Humble”). Of the nearly $13.7 million, almost $11.4 million...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2016 #2

Regulatory Developments - CFPB Proposed Rule to Limit Payday Lending and Other High Cost Loans - On June 2, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule designed to limit payday loans, auto title...more

Saffer Fee Shifting and Fee Disgorgement - Who is at Risk?

Twenty years ago, in Saffer v. Willoughby, the New Jersey Supreme Court embarked on a new path for New Jersey jurisprudence by allowing a successful plaintiff in a legal malpractice action to recover as consequential damages...more

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule: Capturing the Apparent Conflict at the “Moment of Rollover”

The US Department of Labor’s final fiduciary rule captures rollover, transfer and distribution recommendations to retirement investors. In essence, under the rule, a financial organization or adviser is acting as a fiduciary...more

Protecting Health Plan Information Is More Important Than Ever

It’s common for employers outside the healthcare industry to believe they can avoid issues brought about by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other health plan data laws. After all, most...more

Employment Law’s “Hulk”-Like Superhero — The Faithless Servant Doctrine — Just Got Stronger

One of the many joys of parenthood is the opportunity to relive one’s childhood. To a parent who grew up on the old-school comic books, the steady roll-out by Marvel Studios of big budget super-hero movies offers a unique...more

DOL Sued over Fiduciary Rule

One of the questions that I am repeatedly asked is whether the Department of Labor overreached their rulemaking capability by applying their new fiduciary rule to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). I always tell people...more

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