News & Analysis as of

Employee Retirement Income Security Act

Employee Retirement Income Security Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1974 to set minimum standards for pension and health plans in the private sector and to protect participants in those plans.... more +
Employee Retirement Income Security Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1974 to set minimum standards for pension and health plans in the private sector and to protect participants in those plans.  ERISA requires plans to provide information to participants, establishes a grievance process,  and allows participants to sue for benefits or breach of fiduciary duties.  less -

California: Proposed Legislation Regulating Health Care Rates for Payors and Providers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

An ambitious California proposal to regulate health care rates and curb long-term health care spending was unveiled last week in Assembly Bill 3087 (Proposed Legislation). The key concept in the Proposed Legislation is the...more

Fifth Circuit Opinion Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on March 15, 2018 issued an opinion (Opinion) vacating the Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule and related applicable exemptions. The DOL had promulgated the rule and...more

Pension plan amendment did not violate ERISA or ADEA

In Teufel v. Northern Trust Co. (April 11, 2018), the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit confirmed that a prospective change in the benefit formula for a defined benefit pension plan constituted neither an...more

Home Depot is the next 401(k) lawsuit target

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The company that told us we can do home improvement by ourselves might not have been able to properly run their 401(k) plan. Home Depot is now the target of a $140 million class-action lawsuit that was filed in the U.S....more

Financial Conflict Of Interest In The Eighth Circuit: Trigger Of A Less Deferential Standard Of Review Or Mere Factor In...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

It is well-established under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) that when an employee benefit plan grants the plan administrator discretion to decide questions of eligibility for benefits or to...more

Ninth Circuit Deepens Circuit Split Over Whether Delinquent Contributions Are Plan Assets

The Ninth Circuit held that employer contributions due to a Taft Hartley fund are not plan assets until they are actually paid to the fund, irrespective of whether the plan document defines plan assets to include unpaid...more

ESOP Litigation Trends: Department of Labor Voids Fiduciary Indemnification Agreements to Reach Settlements

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Department of Labor has taken the position that certain indemnification clauses are void against public policy under Section 410 of ERISA. This policy has been adopted by private plaintiff classes; as evident from a...more

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Invalidates the 2016 Final Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule and Related Prohibited Transaction...

What’s a financial advisor to do? On March 15, 2018, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. v. U.S. Dep’t. of Labor, No. 17-10238, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 6472 (5th Cir. Mar. 15, 2018) vacated –...more

The Future of the ERISA Fiduciary Rule

The future of the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary rule is in limbo following the Fifth Circuit’s decision striking it down “in toto.” The future of the Fiduciary rule is uncertain, particularly in light of the Fifth...more

ERISA Newsletter - First Quarter 2018

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Despite the change in seasons, there appears to be no change in the pace of complex and class action ERISA litigation. Investments in defined contribution plans—both 401(k) and 403(b) plans—continue to be the leading target...more

Fifth Circuit Joins Sister Circuits by Overruling Default Deferential Standard of Review

In Ariana M. v. Humana Health Plan of Tex., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 5227, *5, 2018 WL 1096980 (March 1, 2018) (“Ariana M. II”), a majority of judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in an en banc decision,...more

Time to revisit the Retirement Equity Act? Married Spouse denied $2.7 million ESOP Benefit of Deceased Spouse

On April 3, 2018, The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment decision against Susan Wengert who had sued the plan administrative committee of the Majors Plastics ESOP, the personal representative of the...more

Insurance Industry Now Being Targeted for Independent Contractor Misclassification Lawsuits 

by Locke Lord LLP on

Independent insurance sales agents have been treated as independent contractors for decades. But recently, class action lawyers have begun to target insurance companies with claims that insurers have misclassified these sales...more

Retirement Plans: The Fiduciary Landscape and Best Practices to Avoid Liability for Plan Investments

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

The landscape surrounding retirement plans maintained by institutions of higher education has been changing in recent years, although certain critical responsibilities that are imposed on plan sponsors have been in place...more

A Little Humor May Help

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I worked at that law firm, I always felt I was Al Czervik, the Rodney Dangerfield character from Caddyshack while the Managing Attorney was like Judge Elihu Smails or maybe Smails’ wife since the Managing Attorney was...more

Securities Regulatory Update Summary - April 2018

Is the Fiduciary Rule Dead? The Department of Labor announced that it will not be enforcing the Fiduciary Rule “pending further review,” after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Fiduciary Rule and all related...more

Fifth Circuit Overturns Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule

by Goodwin on

On March 15, 2018, in Chamber of Com. of the U.S. v. U.S. Dep’t. of Labor (No. 17-10238, 5th Cir. Mar. 15, 2018), the Fifth Circuit entered an order enjoining enforcement of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule...more

ERISA: Two Ways the New DOL Regulations Will Change Litigation

As you know, on April 1, 2018 new regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor’s governing Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) disability benefit claims became effective....more

Fifth Circuit Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

by Carlton Fields on

On March 15, the Fifth Circuit, in Chamber of Commerce, et. al. v. United States Department of Labor, a 46-page opinion, reversed the district court’s ruling upholding the Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule and vacated...more

Beltway Buzz - April, 2018

PAID Underway. On April 3, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) officially launched its Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program to encourage employers to voluntarily resolve potential...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - April 2018

Bobby D. Fentress, et al, vs. Exxon Mobil Corporation, et al - "This is an Employee Retirement Income Security Act case alleging a breach of fiduciary duties in the management of a defined contribution plan. Defendants'...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That ERISA Does Not Pre-empt Illinois Slayer Statute

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In Laborers' Pension Fund v. Miscevic, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that the Illinois slayer statute is one state statute that is not pre-empted by ERISA. A slayer statute is a law that prevents an...more

The Final Rule: Next Steps After Vacatur

The nationwide vacatur of the Department of Labor “investment advice” fiduciary definition and related exemptions by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on March 15, 2018, does not bring an end to the challenges...more

The Friday Five: Five Current ERISA Litigation Highlights - April 2018

This month’s Friday Five considers the potential impact of the DOL’s new regulations. We also cover recent cases relating to the important issues of overpayment recovery and AD&D policy coverage....more

2018 resolution: conduct ERISA fiduciary training

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Retirement plans are one of the most important benefits provided by employers to employees, second only, perhaps, to medical benefits. For many employees, retirement plan benefits represent a key element of their long-term...more

2,522 Results
|
View per page
Page: of 101
Cybersecurity

"My best business intelligence,
in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
Sign up using*

Already signed up? Log in here

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.