Attorneys for the defense in Kennis vs. Metropolitan West say their victory in district court could be a turning point in a trend of securities litigation that emerged after a Supreme Court decision known as Jones vs. Harris.
Retirement plan fiduciaries at Intel are accused of exposing investors to bets on speculative areas of the markets.
The lawsuit, alleging the act that created the program is preempted by ERISA, was filed less than a year after the Trump administration and Congress cancelled an ERISA safe harbor established by the Obama administration.
A federal court judge found Metropolitan West Asset Management, LLC charged a reasonable fee for a fund it advises, considering the services it provides and risks it takes for the fund.
Despite a market “teeming with better-performing alternatives,” the plaintiffs say, Walgreen selected the Northern Trust Funds, which already had a history of poor performance.
A new IRS private letter ruling essentially conforms the tax treatment of properly structured advisory fees from non-qualified annuity contracts to those paid out of qualified accounts, which typically are not treated as taxable distributions.
The self-regulatory organization says it will help members implement the SEC's sweeping new conflict of interest disclosure rules.
As a general rule, “Doe pleading” is disfavored in federal court. However, the practice is not entirely forbidden, particularly where the identities of alleged defendants are unknown.
New York’s expanded “best interest” standard took effect on August 1st for annuity contracts and will take effect February 1, 2020, for life insurance policies. In a new decision, the New York Supreme Court calls the expansion “a rational and reasonable movement towards consumer protection.”
Among other things, a federal court judge found the director of benefits at Kaleida Health and the retirement plan committee of its 403(b) and 401(k) plans were fiduciaries.
The single-employer program, however, has continued to improve since its emergence from a deficit.
John Hopkins University will settle a long-standing ERISA lawsuit—one of a number of virtually identical cases filed in district courts across the country by Schlichter, Bogard and Denton.
While there is some disappointment that it did not include a provision for open MEPs, any option that could appeal to small businesses to offer a retirement plan is seen as a positive.
Now that participants’ small balances may be automatically transferred to their new 401(k) account, Retirement Clearinghouse expects to see a lot of business.
When the wave of excessive fee cases began against retirement plan sponsors, most targeted large or mega plans, based on assets. However, a new case against TriHealth Inc. continues a trend of targeting smaller plans.
The defendants also agree to retain the services of an unaffiliated investment consultant to provide an evaluation of the design of the plan’s investment lineup and to review the plan’s investment policy statement, among other things.