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Update – A Rule Deferred: Department of Labor Delays Implementation of Fiduciary Rule

As we previously reported in our February 16, 2017 blog post, “A Rule Deferred: Department of Labor Delays Implementation of Fiduciary Rule,” the DOL anticipated delaying the effective date of the fiduciary rule by 180 days. ...more

DOL Temporarily Forbears Enforcement of Fiduciary Duty Rule

The Department of Labor’s “fiduciary duty” Rule continues to get more bollixed up. DOL announced a temporary enforcement policy that will give a “free pass” for any violations (a) in the gap between effective date and delay,...more

Fiduciary Rule on Hold - DOL proposes to delay application of Fiduciary rule. ERISA plan fiduciaries and service providers...

On March 2, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed to delay the applicability date of the “Fiduciary” rule by 60 days. The DOL issued the proposal in response to the February 3, 2017, Presidential Memorandum...more

Proposed Delay of the DOL Fiduciary Rule - What Should Financial Institutions Do?

On March 2, 2017, the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) proposal to delay its change to the definition of the term “fiduciary” (the “Fiduciary Rule”) was published in the Federal Register. Against expectations, the proposed delay...more

Does the Fiduciary Exception Apply to Legal Advice Received By Insurers During the Claims Process

Seyfarth Synopsis: Adding to the body of conflicting authority on the scope of the attorney-client privilege in ERISA lawsuits, a district court has found that the fiduciary exception to attorney-client privilege applies to...more

DOL Proposes to Delay Fiduciary and Beryllium Rules

In response to recent presidential directives, the U.S. Department of Labor is taking steps to delay the applicability and effective dates of two rules. First, the DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has...more

USDOL Prevails in Kansas in Another Decision on Fiduciary Rule

On February 17, 2017, a federal district Court in Kansas upheld the U.S. Department of Labor’s conflict of interest rule and related exemptions in a suit brought by Market Synergy Group, Inc. This ruling on the merits follows...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule – What’s Next?

On an almost daily basis, there are developments regarding the status of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) fiduciary rule creating a climate of uncertainty. Stakeholders, such as financial institutions that serve retirement...more

New Disability Claims Procedures Rules Applicable to ERISA Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued new regulations affecting how disability claims are handled under ERISA plans that provide disability benefits or base receipt of benefits on the existence of a disability. While most...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Still On for April 10 Implementation

The Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Duty Rule remains on track for April 10 implementation, notwithstanding a maelstrom of hype about it. Nearly everyone expected the new administration would delay the Rule – and many...more

Implications of Trump's Memorandum on Status of Fiduciary Rule

President Donald Trump issued a memorandum on Feb. 3, 2017, directing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to reconsider the regulations that change the definitions of fiduciary and fiduciary advice. The regulations,...more

Dealing with New IRS Qualification Requirements for Pension, Profit Sharing and 401(k) Plans, Effective January 1, 2017

The procedures for qualification of an employer sponsored individually designed pension, profit sharing or 401(k) plan for favorable tax deferred treatment under the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) changed significantly...more

President Trump Calls for a Review of DOL’s Fiduciary Rule

On February 3, 2017, President Trump signed a presidential memorandum (Memorandum) ordering the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to review its conflict of interest rule defining the term “fiduciary” for retirement investment...more

President Trump Issues Executive Orders Impacting Dodd-Frank Act And DOL Fiduciary Duty Rule

On Friday, February 3, 2017, President Trump signed two Executive Orders impacting the financial services industry. 1. Dodd-Frank Act - President Trump signed an Executive Order designed to review the regulations...more

President Trump Issues Memorandum on Fiduciary Rule Likely Leading to Delayed Compliance Date

On February 3, 2017, President Trump issued a memorandum directing the Department of Labor to prepare an updated economic and legal analysis of its “Fiduciary Rule.” Compliance with the Fiduciary Rule is generally required on...more

Trump Requires DOL to Reevaluate the Fiduciary Rule

Under current law, stockbrokers are only required to recommend suitable investments to their clients. The Department of Labor has issued a so called “fiduciary rule” which requires brokers, advisors and insurance agents, when...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

RBS has agreed to pay $85 million to the CFTC to resolve allegations that its traders “manipulated the ISDAfix benchmark rate over a period of five years to benefit the bank’s derivatives positions”....more

Some TPA Humor

I worked 9 years working as an ERISA attorney for a couple of third party administrators (TPA) and I always felt like I was a fireman because I put out a lot of compliance fires for our clients and sometimes, it was our...more

DOL Casts Vote Against Previous Proxy Rules Under ERISA

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”), on December 29, 2016, issued Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 (“IB 2016-1”) under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") regarding the duties of fiduciaries under...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule? No Certainty

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) April 6, 2016 new fiduciary rule (“Fiduciary Rule” or “Rule”) is under attack. Although the Rule became effective on June 7, 2016, it has an April 10, 2017 applicability date. With the...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2017

Editor’s Overview - In 2016, we saw a considerable uptick in the number and variety of excessive fee lawsuits commenced against plan fiduciaries of defined contribution plans. We begin the year by taking a look at these...more

Will the DOL Fiduciary Duty Rule’s Implementation be Delayed?

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule expanding the “investment advice fiduciary” definition under ERISA and modified the complex of prohibited transaction exemptions for investment activities as a...more

Excessive Fee Litigation

Over the years, we have seen numerous class action lawsuits against plan fiduciaries, starting with claims relating to mega 401(k) plans and, more recently, claims against the fiduciaries of very large University-sponsored,...more

U.S. Supreme Court Seeks Solicitor General’s Input on Co-fiduciary Indemnification

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court invited the Solicitor General to file a brief expressing the government’s views on a petition for certiorari asking the Court to decide whether ERISA permits a cause of action for...more

DOL Finalizes New Disability Claim Rules for Welfare and Retirement Benefit Plans

The US Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration recently released final rules on claims adjudication of disability claims under welfare and retirement plans (the Final Rule). The purpose of the Final...more

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