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Expect Focus - Catching The Next Wave, Regulatory and Litigation Developments - Volume II, Spring 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Private Equity: The Next Wave of SEC Enforcement Actions? - LIFE INSURANCE ..How to Fight a STOLI Scheme: Court Rulings Offer Clues ..STOA Schemes Face...more

PBGC Announces 2014 Moratorium on ERISA Section 4062(e) Enforcement Actions

On July 8, 2014, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) issued a press release announcing a moratorium on its enforcement of Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974(ERISA) Section 4062(e) through the end of...more

PBGC Supports Lifetime Income

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) recently issued a proposed regulation designed to encourage participants in defined contribution plans (e.g., 401(k) plans) to roll over their account balances to their...more

Update on PBGC Premiums

This year, we have both bad and good news for PBGC premiums – while the premium amounts have increased for 2014, the PBGC has also taken action to streamline the payment rules for large plans. Since it’s a rare occasion when...more

Can You Save Money By De-Risking Your U.S. Defined Benefit Plan?

Do you know how much keeping former employees in your defined benefit plan costs? Mercer’s US Pension Buyout Index for November 2013 reports that as of December 31, 2013, the economic cost of retaining retiree liabilities...more

The PBGC Changes Flat-Rate Premium Due Date for Large Plans

The PBGC finalized a proposed rule that changes the flat-rate premium due date for large plans to the same as their variable-rate due date, which is 9.5 calendar months after the beginning of the premium payment year (October...more

Year-End Health and Retirement Plan Guidance Grab Bag

Following Hawaii’s enactment of legislation recognizing same-sex marriage as of and after December 2, 2013 a number of additional pieces of guidance were also issued. Internal Revenue Service’s Frequently Asked Questions...more

Long Arm of ERISA Tags Non-US Parent Company With Pension Liabilities of Its US Subsidiary

A non-United States entity seeking to acquire a United States entity should be aware that the acquisition may expose the non-US entity to any pension plan termination and withdrawal liabilities of the US target entity in...more

PBGC Finds Deep Pocket in Japan: U.S. Court Finds Parent Liable for Termination Underfunding

As the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) faces increasing strain on the pension insurance program it runs, it has become more aggressive in pursuing deep pockets after underfunded defined benefit plans are...more

The PBGC Not Entitled to Administrative Deference for Involuntary Plan Termination

As we previously noted, the PBGC filed a complaint (E.D. Pa. Case No. 13-02069) to involuntarily terminate a defined benefit plan prior to a corporate transaction that would change the plan sponsor’s controlled group. The...more

Private Equity Fund May Be “Trade or Business” Under ERISA

First Circuit holds that an investment fund may be responsible for controlled group pension liabilities of portfolio companies. On July 24, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a significant decision...more

Is the First Circuit Egregiously Aggregating? Sun Capital Partners Case Holds That a Private Equity Fund Could Have ERISA...

The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in the Sun Capital Partners case may be of concern to private equity funds and other investment funds that acquire or invest in portfolio companies with...more

Appeals Court Reverses ERISA “Trade or Business” Ruling Favoring Private Equity Funds; Creates Uncertainty on Controlled Group...

In our November 9, 2012, client alert, we examined an apparent victory for private equity firms resulting from the District Court of Massachusetts decision that held that two related private equity funds were not liable on a...more

Benefit Issues in Puerto Rico: Impact of the ACA, ERISA and the PBGC

This article highlights some recent developments that employers with Puerto Rico employee benefits arrangements should consider concerning compliance with U.S. federal laws on health care reform and the Patient Protection and...more

PBGC Releases Revised Proposed Regulations Addressing Reportable Event Requirements under ERISA

Section 4043 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) requires pension plan sponsors to report a variety of corporate and plan events to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). In November...more

Changes Afoot for ERISA “Reportable Event” Rules

As many as 90% of pension plans and pension plan sponsors may soon have fewer “reportable events” to track and report to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (the “PBGC”), if certain proposed changes to the PBGC...more

District Court Limits the Collection of Withdrawal Liability Against Private Equity Funds

In Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters and Trucking Industry Pension Fund, 2012 WL 5197117 (D. Mass. Oct. 18, 2012), a federal district court in Massachusetts concluded that a private equity fund was not a...more

PBGC Releases 4062(e) Enforcement Guidelines

ERISA section 4062(e) addresses situations in which an employer ceases operations at a facility in any location and, as a result, separates more than 20% of its employees who participate in the employer’s defined benefit...more

PBGC Issues Proposed Rule on Reportable Events

On April 3, 2013, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation ("PBGC") issued a proposed rule amending its existing reportable events rule that it expects will exempt more than 90 percent of pension plans and sponsors from many...more

Monthly Benefits Update - April 2013

Health Care Reform: Guidance on Required Future Modifications to SBC, Other Issues - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued new guidance...more

Legal Alert: President's 2014 Budget Includes Employee Benefits Proposals

On April 10, 2013, the White House released its Fiscal Year 2014 Budget (the Budget), which includes a number of proposals related to employee benefit plans. Although it is unlikely that all of the proposals will ultimately...more

PBGC Seeks Involuntary Plan Termination before Plan Sponsor’s Proposed Share Sale

On April 18, 2013, PBGC filed a complaint (PBGC v. Saint-Gobain Corp. Benefits Comm., E.D. Pa. Case No. 13-02069) to involuntarily terminate a defined benefit plan sponsored by Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc. before Ardagh...more

PBGC Withdraws Two Territorial Coverage Opinion Letters Impacting Puerto Rican Plans

The status of PBGC coverage for Puerto Rico defined benefit plans is one that has been the subject of review and analysis by the PBGC for quite some time. Most recently, on April 19, 2013, the PBGC withdrew two older opinion...more

PBGC Proposes New Regulations Under Reportable Events Rule

New rules signal relief for financially sound plans and plan sponsors and are consistent with PBGC's section 4062(e) enforcement policy for "plant shutdown" liability....more

Proposed Regulations May Affect Default Risk for Borrowers with Pension Plans

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has proposed regulatory safe harbors waiving the obligation of financially sound defined benefit pension plans and the companies that maintain them from the duty to report...more

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