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Chris Lazarini Comments on Court’s Preliminary Injunction Against DOL's Enforcement of its "Anti-arbitration" Rule

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on Thrivent's case seeking to enjoin the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from prohibiting the nonprofit's mandatory use of individual dispute resolution processes. Once the...more

Department of Labor Extends Transition Period for Exemptions Under the Fiduciary Rule

On November 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) extended the transition period for its conflict of interest regulation (commonly referred to as the "fiduciary rule") until July 1, 2019....more

Department of Labor Finalizes 18-Month Delay of Fiduciary Rule Exemptions

On November 27, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) finalized the delay of the applicability date for certain conditions for exemptions to the fiduciary rule until July 1, 2019. This delay was initially proposed in late...more

Nordstrom is the latest large employer sued over their 401(k) plan

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The department store business model is selling items at high prices with the heavy end of season discounting. Now if only Nordstrom did the same with their nearly $3 billion 401(k) plan....more

Stealing plan assets is easier than you think

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A third party administrator (TPA) and/or plan fiduciary stealing plans assets is easier than you think. The rumor that TPA Vantage Benefits stole $14 million from 6-7 of their clients shouldn’t be surprising to me because I...more

Federal Court Grants Class Certification in the LendingClub Case Over Objections from State Court Plaintiffs, But Denies Federal...

LendingClub is facing two parallel securities litigation cases stemming from alleged false statements it made in connection with its initial public offering (“IPO”). One case is proceeding in the U.S. District Court for the...more

ERISA’s Six-Year Statute of Repose for Fiduciary-Breach Claims Can Be Tolled

The Eleventh Circuit ruled that ERISA’s six-year statute of repose can be tolled by the parties even though it is a statute of repose. During pre-litigation negotiations between the U.S. Department of Labor and a trustee of...more

Well here is where an advisory firm gets in trouble

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A good chunk of my work as an ERISA attorney is working with financial advisory firms in managing their retirement plan practice especially with 401(k) plans. I have many registered investment advisory clients around the...more

Find those “missing” plan participants

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Missing plan participants are usually only an issue when a retirement plan decides to terminate and wants to avoid dragging out the process and having to file another Form 5500....more

Plan Providers and Plan Sponsors Can Still Lose By Winning

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The news comes trickling in for 401(k) plan providers and plan sponsors beating back class action lawsuits. Many plan providers win their case as defendants because the plan participants fail to convince a judge that the...more

Further ESOP Transaction Guidance Set Forth in Latest DOL Settlement Agreement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On the heels of a recent settlement agreement with an institutional employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) trustee, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and individual trustee James F. Joyner III (Joyner) entered into a...more

DOL Settlement Agreement Provides ESOP Transaction Guidance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and First Bankers Trust Services Inc. (FBTS) have entered into a settlement agreement filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, resolving a case challenging FBTS'...more

No joke: Gucci sued for “expensive” 401(k) plan

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I think of Gucci, I think of a high-priced brand. Coincidentally or not, they are being accused of running a high-priced 401(k) plan. Selling high-priced leather goods is OK, running an expensive 401(k) plan is not....more

Edison must pay in long running Tibble lawsuit

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A federal court ruled that Edison International must pay more than $7.5 million to compensate plan participants for its decision to include high-fee retail share mutual funds in its 401(k) plan when identical institutional...more

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases Worth Noting by Institutional Investors

The U.S. Supreme Court‘s 2017 term begins October 2nd and we will be tracking at least three cases relevant to institutional investors: •Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund •Digital Realty Trust v....more

Department of Labor Officially Proposes Delaying Fiduciary Rule’s Exemptions for 18 Months

On August 30, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) officially proposed delaying the applicability date of exemptions to its fiduciary rule until July 1, 2019. The proposal was expected after DOL stated in a court filing...more

Employee Benefits Developments - August 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of August, 2017. Affordable Care Act – “I’m not dead yet!” - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...more

Further implementation of the market abuse regime into Belgian law

by White & Case LLP on

On 11 August 2017, Belgium published a new bill to further implement the market abuse regime into Belgian law. The bill, which introduces a whistle-blowing regime, adapts the criminal regime applicable to market abuse, and...more

Drip Drip Drip - Is the DOL's Fiduciary Rule Slowly Going Down the Drain?

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) today (August 9, 2017) submitted a Notice of Administrative Action in the Thrivent v. Acosta litigation (D. Minn.). The Notice relates to the final regulation that defines who is a...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Case, Using Securities Fraud Standard

The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a grant of summary judgment in an employer’s favor, dismissing a SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation case based on the plaintiff’s lack of an objectively reasonable belief of...more

Checklist for Strengthening Your Defenses to 401(k) Plan Class Actions

The last ten years have seen a proliferation of high-profile class actions alleging breach of ERISA fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty against plan fiduciaries. The claims are usually based upon alleged excessive...more

DOL Again Seeks Comments on New Fiduciary Rules and Exemptions

On June 29, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) requested another round of public comment on its fiduciary rule—this time in the form of a Request (“RFI”) for Information. The RFI seeks input on (a) whether to extend the...more

The Supreme Court Holds Statute of Repose Cannot Be Equitably Tolled

Securities defendants can rest easier after the Supreme Court’s decision to strictly construe certain statutory time limits under the Securities Act of 1933. On June 26, 2017, the Court issued its opinion in California Public...more

The Northern District of New York Applies the “Reasonable Belief” Standard

On May 11, 2017, the Northern District of New York applied the Second Circuit’s standard for evaluating a Dodd-Frank retaliation claim in response to a motion to dismiss under F.R.C.P. Rule 12(b)(6). The court denied the...more

Claims Against Investment Adviser in ERISA Fee Litigation Case Dismissed

A federal district court in North Carolina dismissed claims by BB&T Corp.’s 401(k) plan participants that Cardinal Investment Advisors, LLC, the plan’s outside investment advisor, breached its ERISA fiduciary duties by...more

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