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Why Should Hospitals with “Church Plans” Be Concerned Now? - Hospital Industry Viewpoint

Religiously affiliated hospitals and health systems have recently come under attack by private litigants for exercising the right to remain exempt from ERISA requirements. Such hospitals and health systems should assess their...more

Arbitrator Slashes Annual Withdrawal Liability Payments in Underfunded Multiemployer Pension Plan Dispute

Employers who cease contributing to an ERISA multiemployer pension plan are liable for their allocable share of any underfunding, or “withdrawal liability.”...more

PBGC Issues Proposed Rule on Mergers and Transfers Between Multiemployer Plans

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) recently released a proposed rule amending the agency’s regulations on mergers and transfers between multiemployer plans. The proposed rule would implement a section of the...more

More Egregious Aggregation Under ERISA in the Sun Capital Partners Case? The District Court Goes Down Yet Another Road

The recent opinion by the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in the Sun Capital Partners case may be troubling to private equity funds and...more

Treasury Department Rejects Central States Pension Fund's Benefit Reduction Proposal

As we discussed in a prior alert, in September 2015 the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund submitted a proposed “rescue plan” to the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury). The Central States Pension Fund is severely...more

Employee Benefits: ERISA Spring Cleaning - Have You Properly Identified All of Your ERISA Benefits? (5/16)

Why Is It Important To Properly Identify All of Your ERISA Benefits? The Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA") imposes numerous requirements on covered employee benefit plans, including annual report...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - April 2016

Editor's Overview - This month we feature three key developments. First, we review the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Gobeille v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 136 S. Ct. 936, 947 (2016) wherein the Supreme Court held that a...more

Sun Capital Court Finds that Common Industry Practices Exposed PE Funds to Pension Plan Liabilities

A group of related private equity (“PE”) funds were found liable for a bankrupt portfolio company’s pension plan debts in the latest and most worrisome decision in the long-running Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England...more

Private Equity Funds Found Responsible for Withdrawal Liability of Bankrupt Portfolio Company

As we previously reported, two private equity funds (the Sun Funds) managed by Sun Capital Advisors, Inc. (SCAI) have for years battled with the New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund (TPF) over whether the...more

Private Equity Fund Sponsors' Risk for ERISA Unfunded Pension Liability Grows

On March 28, the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts held that, under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), two private equity funds (1) were engaged in a trade or business, and (2) had...more

Judge Garland’s ERISA Jurisprudence Reflects His Methodical and Moderate Reputation

With President Obama’s recent nomination of Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to the U.S. Supreme Court, we thought our loyal readers would be interested to learn a little about Judge...more

Casting a Wider Net: Court Finds Private Equity Funds Liable for ERISA Withdrawal Liability

On March 28, 2016, a district court in Massachusetts found two private equity funds (under the Sun Capital Partners, Inc. umbrella) jointly and severally liable for withdrawal liability imposed on one of its underlying...more

Sun Capital Court Finds Co-Investing Funds Part of Controlled Group and Liable for Portfolio Company’s Pension Liabilities

District Court finds affiliated funds acted in de facto partnership which controlled portfolio company; Decision may be significant in making private equity acquisition structuring choices. As we previously reported, in...more

Federal Court Finds Private Equity Funds Liable for Portfolio Company’s Withdrawal Liability on “Partnership-in-Fact” Theory

On March 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Sun Capital Partners III LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, No. 10-10921 (D. Mass. 2016) delivered a surprising...more

Sun Capital: Private Equity Funds Liable for Portfolio Company’s Withdrawal Liability

District Court finds affiliated funds acted in de facto partnership which controlled portfolio company; Decision may be significant in making private equity acquisition structuring choices. On March 28, 2016, a Federal...more

Multiemployer Pension Plans Reduced Interest Rate Assumptions Dramatically Increase Withdrawal Liability

Many multiemployer pension plans are struggling financially today, and, according to the PBGC, about 10 percent of the 1,400 plans are expected to become insolvent within the next 10-15 years. These looming insolvencies were...more

Proposed “Exit Premium” on Withdrawing From Underfunded Multiemployer Defined Benefit Plans Would Penalize Employers That Played...

Employers withdrawing from an underfunded multiemployer defined benefit pension plan may soon face not only an assessment of withdrawal liability, but also an additional payment called an “exit premium.” The Obama...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Hospital’s Religious Exemption from ERISA

On December 29, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided in Kaplan v. Saint Peter's Healthcare System, No. 15-1172 (3d. Cir. Dec. 29, 2015) that the pension plan for Saint Peter’s Healthcare System in New...more

Courts Continue To Expand ERISA Church Plan Exemption

Most employers know that there is a federal law – the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA – that governs employer-sponsored employee benefit plans. There are a few notable exceptions that could apply to...more

New Reportable Events Filing May Affect Borrowers with Defined Benefit Pension Plans

This article is for employers who sponsor defined benefit plans that are subject to Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) coverage. Those employers pay premiums to the PBGC and also are required to report certain events...more

Thoughts on Church Plan Status After Kaplan v. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System

The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit now is the first federal appellate court to decide whether a defined benefit plan sponsored by church-affiliated organization is a church plan under ERISA. The Court held that a...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - December 2015

Editor's Overview - In this month's newsletter, we focus on the recent wave of guidance and case law related to the Affordable Care Act. We also discuss IRS Notice 2015-86, which provides guidance on the application of...more

Monday (afternoon) Briefing – Fiduciary Rule, Cadillac Tax & grab-bag guidance

We’re running a little behind today. Here are some post-climate talk, pre-budget bill things to think about in the benefits world....more

Increase in PBGC Premiums Effective for 2017 and Later Years

President Barack Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Budget Act), which raised Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) premium rates beginning in 2017....more

Reportable Event Changes for Pension Plans Effective January 1, 2016

Effective January 1, 2016, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) altered the reportable event rules for defined benefit pension plans. Under new final regulations, the PBGC substantially reduced the reporting...more

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