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Retirement Plan Fiduciary Duty

Best Strategies for Outsourcing Benefit Plan Services

Include all necessary interested parties in the process. This means including individuals with decision-making authority from Human Resources, Benefits, Labor Relations (if applicable), Finance, Payroll, and Legal. A...more

401K Not OK: ERISA Class Certified Under Rule 23(b)(1)(B)

by Carlton Fields on

A New York district court granted certification in an ERISA class action brought by employees of Deutsche Bank alleging the individual fiduciaries of the company’s retirement plan engaged in self-dealing and mismanagement of...more

Did Vantage Take Advantage?

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Well over a week ago, I got the startling news that the FBI closed down the office of Vantage Benefits, a Dallas based third-party administrator. I didn’t make any comment on it until it was properly reported that their...more

Advisors Need To Offer Education

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Advisors ask me all the time of the role of education in participant directed 401(k) plans and it’s an important question. Participant directed 401(k) plans that are governed under ERISA §404(c) offer the plan sponsors...more

Plan Fee Litigation: Protecting Fiduciaries

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Targeting Educational Institutions - Since August, 2016, sixteen institutions of higher education with large retirement plans have become targets of federal lawsuits for breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA. To date, the...more

Plan Providers and Plan Sponsors Can Still Lose By Winning

by Ary Rosenbaum on

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

The Fiduciary Rule Status Update

by Carlton Fields on

On April 8, the Department of Labor published the so-called "Fiduciary Rule." It defines who is an employee benefit plan’s "fiduciary" for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal...more

Don’t get out of your level of comfort

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I started this law firm about 17 years ago as a side project. It is where I could offer legal services on the side while I did my normal day job. It was an experiment on whether I could go out on my own and I learned during...more

Recent Cases Shed Light on Retirement Plan Excessive Fee Litigation

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

As we approach the end of the year, 2017 is turning out to be significant in the ever-evolving world of litigation over 401(k) plan fees. Since 2006, plaintiffs’ firms have brought hundreds of lawsuits across the country on...more

ERISA Newsletter - Third Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - As we have observed on other occasions, the ERISA class action plaintiffs' bar has, for several years now, honed in on 401(k) plan fiduciaries and their decisions to select and retain investment options...more

Obama’s DOL Fiduciary Rule Fades into the Distance

by Bowditch & Dewey on

If you have an account in a retirement plan where you work or you own an Individual Retirement Account, you may get financial advice about the assets in your account from an investment advisor, broker, planner, or insurance...more

TPAs, Plan Fiduciaries Should React Proactively to U.S. Department of Labor Settlement

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In light of the recent settlement between the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and a health plan third-party administrator (TPA), plan fiduciaries and TPAs should re-examine, or even re-negotiate, portions of their current TPA...more

Penn Succeeds in Dismissing Retirement Plan Proposed Class Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Since August 2016, sixteen elite colleges and universities have faced class action lawsuits related to management of their retirement plans. After five cases previously survived motions to dismiss, the...more

Unclear Writing Creates ERISA Liability

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

An employer breached its fiduciary duty under ERISA by failing to inform benefit plan participants of the covered health insurance benefits in terms a reasonable person would understand. The employer was the plan...more

The Trouble With 401(k) Investment Policies

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The most common area in which 401(k) plans are being scrutinized these days is in their selection and design of investment offerings. While participants often get to direct how their funds are invested, that direction is...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

Funds Talk: September 2017 - Fiduciary Rule Update – September 2017

The long-anticipated and often-delayed new fiduciary rule under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) finally went into effect on June 9, with transition relief blunting its impact until...more

The Final Rule: DOL Proposes to Extend Transition Period until July 1, 2019, and Issues Additional Non-Enforcement Policy for...

By a notice published in the Federal Register on August 31, 2017, the Department of Labor proposed to extend from January 1, 2018, until July 1, 2019, the date for compliance with the full conditions in its new “investment...more

Recent Plan Fiduciary Victories in ERISA Single-Stock Fund Litigation

by Morgan Lewis on

Even with these victories, continuing risks remain for plan fiduciaries. Over the last few months, there have been a significant number of court decisions ruling against plaintiffs alleging ERISA breach of fiduciary claims...more

Department of Labor Proposes 18-Month Delay in Applicability Date for Portions of Fiduciary Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On August 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) published proposed amendments to the Best Interest Contract Exemption and other exemptions that would delay the applicability date of many of the requirements for...more

If You’re A Plan Sponsor, A Scanner Can Be A Good Friend

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Being a plan sponsor is a tough job and the amount of paperwork that goes with it can be overwhelming. The paperwork includes plan documents, summary plan descriptions, amendment, valuations, trusts statements, and payroll....more

DOL to Postpone Deadline for Fiduciary Rule

by Burr & Forman on

The Department of Labor has received OMB certification, and sought expedited notice-and-comment, for a rule change that would postpone the full implementation deadline for its Fiduciary Rule from January 1, 2018 until July 1,...more

Labor Department Extends Applicability Date of BIC Exemption and PTE 84-24 an Additional 18 Months

by Carlton Fields on

The Labor Department has proposed extending the applicability date of the Best Interest Contract Exemption, the Class Exemption for Principal Transactions in Certain Assets Between Investment Advice Fiduciaries, and certain...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

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #2

by Carlton Fields on

Last month, we wrote about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This paper continues that discussion. I emphasize to the reader that...more

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