PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 12th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
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Supreme Court’s ‘Montanile’ Decision Makes Waves
A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court seems to limit the ability of ERISA plans to seek equitable relief or reimbursement of payments from a third-party recovery—especially in cases where the money is not quickly and formally pursued. Read more >
SCOTUS Decision Could Impact Retirement Plans
A notice from the IRS gives guidance to plan sponsors, applying the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage case to retirement plans, as well as other benefits. The landmark case, Obergefell v. Hodges, decided in June 2015, held that under the 14th Amendment states cannot deny same-gender couples the right to marry and must recognize same-gender marriages performed in other states.   Read more >
SCOTUS Again Remands Stock Drop Case
The Supreme Court in January returned Amgen’s ESOP case to the lower court for a second time. Read more >
SCOTUS Gives Verizon PRT Suit New Life
The U.S. Supreme Court found an appellate decision regarding a Verizon pension plan risk transfer flawed, considering the trust law underpinnings of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Read more >
What a SCOTUS Vacancy Means for the Retirement Plan Industry
The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had a direct (but not necessarily pivotal) role in shaping many of the SCOTUS decisions tracked in recent years by the retirement planning industry. Read more >
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Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
HUB International Running Full Steam Ahead on RIA Acquisitions
The aggregator expects it will announce several more acquisitions of leading retirement plan advisory firms this year and have a busy 2021.
Has the DOL Found an ESG Middle Ground?
George Michael Gerstein, an ERISA attorney with Stradley Ronon, dissects the DOL’s final rule regarding ESG investing in retirement plans, calling it a compromise that might be here to stay.
A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
OMB Has Received a Final Fiduciary Rule From DOL

The sense of déjà vu associated with the filing of a finalized fiduciary rule by the Department of Labor is palpable, but one ERISA expert says this version could actually stick—for good—despite the pending change in administration.

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