Retirement Plan Fiduciary Duty

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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 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

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

Some Limited Trouble with Tibble? Part II –Supreme Court Decides Excessive-Fee Case Involving 401(k) Plan

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously decided the case of Tibble v. Edison International. In Tibble, the Court held that the statute of limitations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974...more

401(k) Fee Litigation to Increase Following Tibble Decision

As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Tibble v. Edison Int'l, it will now be easier for participants in 401(k) and other participant-directed plans to bring lawsuits challenging investment options added to the...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: The Supreme Court Opines In Tibble v. Edison That The Duty to Monitor Investments Is Ongoing

In a highly anticipated decision, the United States Supreme Court recently held that a 401(k) fiduciary breach lawsuit may proceed even when the claim is based on an imprudent selection of investment funds that occurred more...more

Supreme Court: 401(k) Plan Fiduciaries Have An Ongoing Duty To Monitor

In April 2013 I reported on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Tibble v. Edison International which involved an alleged breach of fiduciary duty by the Edison 401(k) Savings Plan committee selecting six retail...more

"Supreme Court Recognizes ERISA Fiduciary Duty to Monitor Plan Investments"

On May 18, 2015, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held in Tibble v. Edison International1 that fiduciaries who select investment options for 401(k) plans have a continuing duty under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act...more

DOL's Proposed Best Interest Contract Exemption Could Require Dramatic Changes for Financial Institutions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a new “Best Interest Contract” prohibited transaction exemption, which is a standards-based exemption that applies to the receipt of compensation by advisers and their financial...more

Continuing Duty To Monitor? Yes. Scope of That Duty? Wait And See…

In a case we have blogged about before, the Supreme Court in Tibble v. Edison International unanimously has concluded that an ERISA fiduciary has a continuing duty to monitor investments made in an ERISA governed savings...more

DOL Files Complaint Against Plan Fiduciaries for Using 401(k) Contributions and Loan Repayments to Fund Plan Sponsor’s General...

On April 10, 2015, the DOL filed a complaint against Enterworks, Inc., the Enterworks, Incorporated Shared Savings Plan, and two individual fiduciaries of the Savings Plan (the Defendants). In the complaint, the DOL alleges...more

Supreme Court Vacates Ruling on Time-Barred ERISA Claims

In Tibble v. Edison Int’l1, the U.S. Supreme Court today vacated a Ninth Circuit ruling that Edison plan beneficiaries' ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) fiduciary claims against the company based on allegedly...more

Supreme Court: ERISA Imposes Continuing Fiduciary Duty to Monitor Plan Investment Options

Section 409 of ERISA imposes personal liability on a plan fiduciary to make good to the plan any losses resulting from the fiduciary’s breach of any duties imposed by Title I of that statute. Section 413 provides generally...more

DOL Re-Proposes Fiduciary Rule

On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) re-proposed its rule expanding the definition of fiduciary. A re-proposed fiduciary definition was initially released in October of 2010, but the Department of Labor...more

Supreme Court Decides Tibble v. Edison International

On May 18, 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided Tibble v. Edison International, No. 13-550, holding that under the Employment Retirement Income Securities Act (ERISA), a plaintiff may timely commence a claim for...more

SCOTUS: Timeliness of Fiduciary Breach Claim May Depend on Alleged Failure to Monitor Selection of Investment Options

On May 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously concluded that the timeliness of an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) breach of fiduciary claim regarding the selection of investments in a 401(k) plan is not...more

Set it and Forget it? Not so Fast, Says the Supreme Court in Tibble

On May 18, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered a much anticipated (by ERISA attorneys, at least) decision in Tibble v. Edison International, clarifying a relatively narrow but still significant issue...more

ERISA Fiduciaries Must Continuously Monitor 401(k) Investment Choices

The U.S. Supreme Court has held unanimously that a plan fiduciary has a continuing duty to monitor investments offered under a 401(k) plan, a duty that is separate and apart from the duty to exercise prudence in selecting...more

U.S. Department of Labor Re-Proposes Rules Governing the Definition of “Fiduciary”—Part 2: The “Best Interest Contract” Exemption

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

DOL Comment Period Extended

In an announcement that did not surprise me, The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a brief extension of the comment period on its proposed fiduciary rule and set a date for a public hearing....more

U.S. Supreme Court Sends ERISA Investment Fee Case Back For Further Review

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an ERISA plan participant may allege that a plan fiduciary breached the duty of prudence by not properly monitoring the plan’s investment options as long as the alleged breach of the...more

Dealing with a probable Fiduciary rule

I recently spoke to some higher ups at a major brokerage firm concerning the proposed Department of Labor fiduciary rule. Surprisingly, we were on the same page. Most of them were in favor of some sort of fiduciary rule...more

Advisors Advantage - May 2015

In This Issue: - For Retirement Plan Providers, It's All About Making A Connection - DOL Proposes New Fiduciary Rule - My support for a Fiduciary Rule - Stick to what you know - Complacency is a plan provider...more

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