EASi Launches Stock Plan Exercise Wizard

Equity Administration Solutions, Inc. (EASi) has launched an equity compensation plan exercise wizard with a design that anticipates the different needs that a participant, a financial adviser, and an administrator have when they interact with real-time transaction information.

ESOP Trustee Cleared of ERISA Wrongdoing

The trustee of an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) acted in good faith when it determined the fair market value of company stock, so it did not violate prohibited transaction rules, a judge has determined.

DoL Recovers More than $12M for Calif. Company ESOP Participants

The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained consent judgments providing for restitution of more than $12 million by plan officials and service providers involved with the employee stock ownership plan sponsored by The Employee Ownership Holding Co. of Stockton, California, and Fife, Washington.

DoL Sues ESOP Trustee over Stock Purchase

The U.S. Department of Labor has sued a trustee of the Westra Construction Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) for alleged violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) that resulted in losses to the ESOP.

Tribune ESOP Fiduciary Breach Suit Moves Forward

A federal court has moved forward claims that fiduciaries for the Tribune Company Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) breached their duty to the plan when real estate investor Sam Zell took the company private in an $8.3 billion stock buyback two years ago.

Court Moves Forward Claim ESOP Reps Omitted Data

A federal court has ruled that a former employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) participant can pursue his claim that plan fiduciaries breached their duties by failing to tell him financial data that potentially could have resulted in a higher distribution.

DoL Sues Trustees over Company Stock Purchases

The U.S. Department of Labor is suing the trustees and other fiduciaries of the employee stock ownership plans and eligible individual account plans of DirecTECH Holding Co. Inc. for allegedly using plan assets to purchase company stock at inflated prices.

BofA Merrill Enhances Stock Services

The Bank of America Merrill Lynch equity compensation business has enhanced its services to assist companies in managing such benefits as performance stock, restricted stock, and stock option awards.

Tribune to Terminate ESOP

In a memo to Tribune Co. employees announcing a new retirement plan, Chief Administrative Officer Gerry Spector said the company's employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) likely will be terminated when the Chicago-based media conglomerate emerges from bankruptcy.