The recordkeeping and investment firm has emphatically denied allegations leveled in multiple lawsuits suggesting it collects “secret payments” and “kickbacks” from external fund providers.
The parties dispute whether the plaintiff has standing to bring any ERISA claims based on a settlement agreement she entered, and, if she does, which claims could be permitted to proceed.
ERISA sets exacting standards when it comes to the treatment of retirement plan investments, but a new appellate court ruling underscores the fact that not all parties dealing with retirement plans generate fiduciary liability.
There are an abundance of lessons to be learned by examining the many twists and turns of Tussey vs. ABB, one of the original examples of retirement plan fee litigation filed under ERISA.
Despite a setback for Oracle at the class certification stage, a new ruling out of a federal court in Colorado pushes back strongly against many—but not all—of the plaintiffs’ claims.
Fiduciary defendants were accused of allowing unreasonable expenses to be charged to participants for administration of the plan and of retaining high-cost and poor-performing investments.
The detailed ruling comes after Schwab defendants moved to dismiss in part the plaintiff’s second amended complaint.
Bill Gross’ reign as the “Bond King” offers a chance to reflect on the benefits and challenges firms face when they have superstar employees.
The CIT product information database was created in collaboration with Broadridge Advisor Solutions and is designed to support the client service needs of financial advice professionals.
During a webcast hosted by ACA Compliance Group, Allison Charley, a former SEC examinations office leader, explained the regulator’s internal process for picking audit targets; other speakers noted the SEC’s increased focus on suitability issues and cybersecurity.
The decision goes into significant detail, but in essence plaintiffs’ approach failed because they relied on bare cost comparisons and statements of industry averages, failing to show any actual fiduciary breach occurred.
One key M&A trend identified in a new PwC report is the growing prevalence of large asset management and/or private equity entities making minority-stake investments in wealth management firms.
The death of Vanguard Group founder Jack Bogle offers a chance to reflect on the long-standing debate regarding passive and active management and the role of controlling fees and expenses in the effort to build household wealth from modest means.
Attorneys with Mayer Brown say there has been little consensus or direction from the federal courts (at least so far) as to what exactly constitutes prudent administration of tax-qualified benefit plans; this will remain a challenge in 2019 and beyond.
The court officially ended the case by approving a dismissal motion jointly filed by the parties.
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.
The decision against Mutual of Omaha’s preliminary motions to dismiss a self-dealing lawsuit underscores the way district court judges tend to allow for discovery in ERISA matters, given the complex and often secretive nature of the facts and circumstances in question.
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.