PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 11th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! Regular readers of our newsletters will already know that 2019 is off to a busy start in terms of retirement plan litigation, regulation and legislation. An important decision has been handed down in a 403(b) lawsuit targeting a big-ticket U.S. university; the IRS has published a new revenue procedure; the PBGC has updated its table of penalties and fines; and more. Read the stories below to get caught up on the latest developments in Washington and the federal courts.

Editor's choice
Georgetown University 403(b) Plan Defeats ERISA Challenge
In a colorfully worded opinion, the district court judge chides plaintiffs for failing to acknowledge basic facts about the way annuities work and their well-established role in 403(b) plans. Read more >
‘Other Circumstances’ Added As Allowable Reason for Applying for Determination Letter
A new Revenue Procedure makes a change to Revenue Procedure 2018–4 Section 8.02 to add new section 3, “Other Circumstances,” to provide a new category for which determination letters can be requested. Read more >
PBGC Updates Penalties for Failure to Provide Information
New maximum civil penalties for failure to provide certain notices or other material information and for failure to provide certain multiemployer plan notices have been announced. Read more >
New House Ways & Means Chair Introduces Multiemployer Pension Bill
Representative Richard Neal has introduced a bill with bipartisan backers that would take several steps towards solving the union multiemployer pension funding crisis. Read more >
Puerto Rico Treasury Updates 2019 Contribution/Benefit Limits
The Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code of 2011 requires that, before the beginning of each taxable year, the PR Treasury provide notice of the applicable limits under Section 401(a) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, which are incorporated by reference into the Puerto Rico Code limits. Read more >
2018 Delivered Key Decisions in ERISA Cases
ERISA lawsuits very often lead to settlements or dismissals, but 2018 brought a series of important and potentially precedent-setting decisions in both district and appellate courts. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Many Retirees Wish They Had Delayed Taking Social Security Benefits

MassMutual says a married couple that lives into their 90s but decides to begin their Social Security benefits at age 62 as opposed to age 70 could be leaving as much as half a million dollars on the table, or forfeiting $2,000 to $4,000 a month for life.

SECURE Act's House Passage Brings Test of Congressional Mediators

With the passage of the SECURE Act by the House of Representatives, experts tell PLANADVISER they are optimistic that agreement will be reached with the Senate during this Congress, but the many supporters of retirement reform will have to wait and see how compromise might be reached.

Some Expect Senate Action Sooner Than Later on SECURE Act

One retirement industry executive says she believes the Senate could act quite quickly in taking up the SECURE Act, which just passed the House of Representatives with a practically unanimous yea vote.

Another Bill Proposed as Senate Committee Hearing Brings Calls for Retirement Action

Besides a lengthy Finance Committee hearing discussing the popular RESA legislation, the day on Capitol Hill also brought news of the introduction of the new Retirement Security and Savings Act.

J.P. Morgan Agrees to Pay $75 Million to Settle ERISA Lawsuit
The consolidated litigation alleges the firm invested its stable value funds in risky assets, causing losses to retirement plan participants.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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