PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 9th, 2020

Greetings loyal PLANADVISER readers! With so many important and rapidly evolving national news stories playing out right now, it can be hard to keep track of more mundane matters like retirement plan litigation and regulations. Yet the fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty remain paramount in the operation of tax-qualified retirement plans. With that in mind, collected below is a recap of some of the most important legal and regulatory developments of recent weeks. We hope you find the reporting helpful and consider sharing some of what you read with a client or colleague.

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No Decision to Come in Lawsuit Over Mismanagement of TDFs
The lawsuit against Principal Global Investors and related entities was abandoned. Read more >
District Court Left to Reconsider Decision in Principal GIC Contract Lawsuit
The Supreme Court has denied review of the lawsuit accusing Principal Life Insurance Co. of violating ERISA by setting the crediting rate for a guaranteed investment contract such that it can “retain unreasonably large and/or excessive profits.” Read more >
Salesforce Defeats ERISA Excessive Fee Litigation
A district court in California has proven to be skeptical of claims suggesting that active management funds are categorically imprudent retirement plan investments; the ruling also defends the use of revenue sharing.  Read more >
Northwestern University Case Plaintiffs Petition Supreme Court
The high court has been asked to weigh in on whether allegations that investment fees charged were excessive compared to other investments is sufficient to state a claim of imprudence. Read more >
Abbott Escapes Retirement Plan Cybersecurity Suit
A federal judge found Abbott defendants were not fiduciaries with regard to the alleged acts, but claims against Abbott’s retirement plan recordkeeper were allowed to stand. Read more >
Latest ERISA Class Action Suit Echoes Many Others
The proposed class action lawsuit against TriNet HR follows the same template as numerous others filed by the law firm Capozzi Adler. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
GKN Latest to Face Scrutiny Over GoalMaker Service

Though its GoalMaker portfolio management solution features prominently in the plaintiffs’ allegations, Prudential is not a party in the case.

Older 401(k) Participants Moving to TDFs More So Than Younger Participants

Participants in their 50s and 60s are using TDFs more than they have in the past, according to a new EBRI and ICI report.

New Benartzi Paper Dissects Narrow Framing Phenomenon

Would you accept a bet in which you win $200 if a coin lands on heads and lose $100 if it lands on tails? What if you could play twice?

DOL Provides Transitional Relief for Investment Advice Rules

A newly issued Field Assistance Bulletin provides that investment advice fiduciaries now have until January 31, 2022, to comply with the impartial conduct standards in the fiduciary prohibited transaction exemption announced at the end of 2020.

Retirement Industry People Moves

TIAA appoints chief brand and demand generation officer; BDO USA adds Lowery Asset Consulting; Morgan Stanley Investment Management bolsters sales leadership team; and more.

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