Ever since the Enron debacle, it seems that ERISA litigation has been on the rise. Enron proved to be only the first in a series of high-visibility stock drop cases filed against well-known companies. More recently, a new spate of class action lawsuits has been brought against household corporate names, alleging that plan fiduciaries paid their service providers more than reasonable compensation for investment and record-keeping services. While many corporate sponsors have been named as defendants in these lawsuits, financial institutions providing services to plans have not been spared. And the trend may continue, as the U.S. Department of Labor is revising its disclosure requirements in proposed and final regulations that may prove to be fertile litigation ground for the unwary.
At Thompson Hine, we have assembled a litigation team composed of members from multiple practice groups, including Business Litigation, Corporate Transactions & Securities, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Labor & Employment and Tax, combining litigation experience with the substantive knowledge necessary to address the complex and varied issues presented in litigation arising under ERISA.
We handle the full range of ERISA litigation, from defending pre-litigation DOL enforcement actions involving plan fiduciaries and service providers to breach of fiduciary duty, benefits claims, cash balance plans and retiree litigation:
Employer Stock & 401(k) Cases
Fiduciary Breach Litigation
Retiree Health Litigation
ERISA Preemption Litigation
Plan Termination & Reversion Litigation
Benefits Claims Litigation
Multi-Employer Plan Litigation
Our Business Litigation and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice groups collaborate to write posts for ERISALitigation.com, our weekly blog covering the latest issues related to ERISA litigation and litigation-avoidance. As a firm that excels in handling the full range of ERISA litigation and in counseling clients on how to avoid ERISA litigation through training, compliance and careful drafting, we hope you will find our updates, tips and best practices valuable.
If you have any questions, please contact your Thompson Hine relationship attorney or Brian J. Lamb (Business Litigation practice group leader) or Laura A. Ryan (Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice group leader).
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