Benefits

  • March 12, 2024

    Retirees Seek Final OK On $8.7M Data Breach Settlement

    Employer benefit plan members whose sensitive data was exposed in a massive breach at a consulting company have asked a Georgia federal judge to approve an $8.7 million agreement to resolve allegations the firm failed to protect their information.

  • March 12, 2024

    Detroit Retirees Appeal Pension Gap Funding Pause

    Detroit's retired police and firefighters are appealing a ruling that allowed the city to continue pausing its pension gap funding payments, asking a Michigan federal court to reverse a bankruptcy judge's decision that extended a decade-long funding reprieve to 30 years.

  • March 12, 2024

    ERISA Preempts Part Of Ill. Law Amedment, Judge Rules

    The portion of an amendment to an Illinois law regulating temporary labor forces agencies to modify their Employee Retirement Income Security Act plans, a federal judge ruled, granting a group of staffing associations and agencies' bid for an injunction.

  • March 12, 2024

    5th Circ. Backs Insurer's Win In Widow's Benefits Suit

    The Fifth Circuit declined to reinstate a widow's lawsuit seeking nearly $1 million from an insurer after she said her husband died during a business trip, saying the carrier showed it provided a full review before denying her request because she didn't qualify for the payment.

  • March 12, 2024

    UnitedHealth Can't Get Early Win In Workers' ERISA Suit

    A Minnesota federal court denied most of UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s bid for a pretrial win in a lawsuit alleging mismanagement of an employee 401(k) plan, finding Tuesday that allegations the company refused to ax underperforming funds to preserve a business relationship with Wells Fargo should go to trial.

  • March 12, 2024

    Pharmacy Calls $11M False Claims Case A 'House Of Cards'

    A compounding pharmacy and its president trashed the Connecticut attorney general's $11 million false claims and kickback allegations against them as a "house of cards" that awarded "a sweetheart cooperation deal" to an alleged co-conspirator and improperly benefited private attorneys, calling instead for a judgment against the state.

  • March 12, 2024

    AT&T Offloaded Pensions In Risky Annuity Deal, Suit Says

    AT&T shirked its fiduciary duty and put 96,000 workers' retirement savings in jeopardy by transferring pension obligations to a "risky" annuity provider, according to a proposed class action filed in Massachusetts federal court.

  • March 11, 2024

    Fired Lithium Co. Co-Founder Sues To Recoup 3.25M Shares

    The former co-CEO and co-founder of a lithium fracking company sued the company in Delaware's Court of Chancery, seeking a court order that the company return 3.25 million shares of stock it allegedly repurchased from him after firing him in "bad faith."

  • March 11, 2024

    Contractor Wants Mich. Judge To Rethink Agreement Order

    A demolition company has urged a Michigan federal judge to reconsider his finding that the number of labor contracts between its parent association and a union fund was ambiguous and needed more thought by an arbitrator, saying evidence on the record shows that the contractor was bound by just one agreement.

  • March 11, 2024

    Teamsters Can't Pause Discovery In $137M Fight With Yellow

    A Kansas federal judge shot down the Teamsters' request to pause the discovery process in a $137 million lawsuit accusing the union of holding up a necessary corporate restructuring at the now-bankrupt trucking company Yellow Corp., ordering the union to keep producing documents.

  • March 11, 2024

    Biden Proposes More Mental Health Expansion In 2025 Budget

    The Biden administration's $7.3 trillion fiscal year 2025 spending blueprint unveiled Monday maintains a pledge to transform the nation's mental health system, but contains the least ambitious discretionary budget ask for the U.S. Department of Labor in four years.

  • March 11, 2024

    Prudential Investors' $35M Settlement Gets Initial OK

    Prudential Financial Inc. shareholders have gotten an initial nod from a New Jersey federal judge for their $35 million deal to settle claims that the insurer hurt investors by allegedly misrepresenting certain trends affecting its life insurance reserves.

  • March 11, 2024

    Ga. Panel Finds $43M Trust Not On Hook For Legal Fees

    The Georgia Court of Appeals rejected a request from beneficiaries of a $43 million furniture fortune, finding on Monday that the trust's ex-trustees should not be saddled with attorney fees and litigation costs while the trust's beneficiaries sued them for allegedly mishandling the trust and overpaying themselves.

  • March 11, 2024

    US Chamber Backs Dismissal Of Citigroup 401(k) Suit

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce backed Citigroup's efforts to shut down a suit in which workers claimed mismanagement of their 401(k) plan, telling a Connecticut federal court that these types of suits cherry-pick data and should not stand in court.

  • March 11, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Delaware's Court of Chancery became a hot topic in New Orleans last week as litigators and judges at an annual convention acknowledged the First State's corporate law preeminence is under scrutiny. Back home, the court moved ahead on disputes involving Meta Platforms, Abercrombie & Fitch and Donald Trump.

  • March 11, 2024

    Insurance Worker Wants Full 11th Circ. Rethink In ADA Suit

    A former insurance worker urged the full Eleventh Circuit to rethink the company's win in her lawsuit accusing the business of abruptly firing her to sidestep healthcare costs related to her multiple sclerosis, saying there's evidence her disability played a role in her termination.

  • March 11, 2024

    DOL Sends Fiduciary Rule Rewrite To White House

    The U.S. Department of Labor transmitted its retirement security proposal that would broaden the definition of who qualifies as a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act to a White House office for final review over the weekend.

  • March 08, 2024

    2 Calif. Union Dues Cases Echo Janus Ruling, 9th Circ. Told

    An attorney for an anti-union think tank urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to revive a pair of lawsuits alleging his public sector employee clients' constitutional rights were violated by union dues being collected against their will, likening the cases to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2018 Janus ruling.

  • March 08, 2024

    Gerdau Steel Denied Fathers Parental Leave, Ex-Workers Say

    Male steel mill workers for Gerdau were not allowed to take parental leave when their children were born unlike their female co-workers who were granted maternity leave, in violation of federal equal pay law, according to a proposed collective action filed in Texas federal court.

  • March 08, 2024

    4 Severance Cases Stemming From Musk's X Corp. Takeover

    A recently filed suit from four executives alleging Elon Musk cheated them out of severance pay adds to the legal fallout that Musk and X Corp. are facing in the aftermath of the tech billionaire's $44 billion acquisition of the company formerly known as Twitter.

  • March 08, 2024

    7th Circ. Wants 'Roadmap' For Ill. Workplace Disease Law

    The Seventh Circuit has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to weigh in on the state's Workers' Occupational Diseases Act, saying it needs a "roadmap" to handle claims for asbestos and other diseases that manifest belatedly as it considers a widow's suit alleging her husband's exposure to a toxic chemical while working for Goodrich Corp. led to his death.

  • March 08, 2024

    DOL Says Ousting Union Fund Trustees Is Right Move

    The Seventh Circuit should allow an injunction ousting two trustees from a fraud-plagued union benefit fund to take effect, the U.S. Department of Labor told the court, urging it to deny the trustees' bid to stay the injunction.

  • March 08, 2024

    Calif. Union Pension Plan Strikes Deal In Early Retirement Suit

    A California metalworkers' pension plan and its fund manager agreed to end a proposed class action alleging over two dozen retirees had their pension payments slashed even though they were promised full benefits when they retired early, according to an order issued Friday in federal court.

  • March 08, 2024

    Yale Urges 2nd Circ. To Back Zero-Damages ERISA Jury Win

    Yale University told the Second Circuit there's no need to scrap a jury verdict denying damages for a group of employees who claimed their $5.5 billion retirement plan was burdened with high recordkeeping fees, arguing that no error was made on jury instructions to warrant a redo.

  • March 07, 2024

    Skechers Fined $1.25M Over Execs' Family Member Payments

    Skechers will pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $1.25 million to resolve claims it failed to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments made to its directors and their immediate family members who were hired by the sneaker giant as contractors or nonexecutive employees.

Expert Analysis

  • Cos. Must Show Discretion In Public Statements When Sued

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    A recent securities class action ruling in Massachusetts federal court against software company Pegasystems shows that a boilerplate public denial of a lawsuit's merits can form the basis for a claim that the statement was false or misleading, underscoring the need to use discretion when responding to pending claims, say Brian Kearney and Stephen Kastenberg at Ballard Spahr.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • An Overview Of 6 PBM Bills Moving Through Congress

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    As legislators turn to pharmacy benefit manager reform as a potential next step in addressing the cost of prescription drugs, six congressional committees have recently advanced PBM-related legislation with generally high bipartisan support, suggesting that a final package is likely to advance through Congress, say Rachel Stauffer and Katie Waldo at McDermott+Consulting.

  • 10th Circ. ERISA Ruling Is Promising For Self-Funded Plans

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    Though some recent appellate decisions have seemingly narrowed application of Employee Retirement Income Security Act preemption, which generally helps protect self-funded health plans from state regulation, the Tenth Circuit's decision in PCMA v. Mulready takes a big step toward reaffirming preemption, say attorneys at Bass Berry.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • Okla. Workers' Comp Case Could Mean Huge Shift In Claims

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    An Oklahoma appeals court's recent opinion in Prewitt v. Quiktrip Corp. may expand the scope of continuing medical maintenance orders in workers' compensation cases to unprecedented levels — with potentially major consequences for employers and insurers, says Steven Hanna at Gilson Daub.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Corporate Compliance Lessons From FirstEnergy Scandal

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    Fallout from a massive bribery scheme involving Ohio electric utility FirstEnergy and state officeholders — including the recent sentencing of two defendants — has critical corporate governance takeaways for companies and individuals seeking to influence government policymaking, say attorneys at Wilson Sonsini.

  • Asset Manager Considerations For Soliciting Calif. Pensions

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    With California public pension and retirement plans representing close to $1 trillion in assets, managers must understand the lobbying laws that may be applicable to soliciting investments from the state's plans, say Chelsea Childs and Catherine Skulan at Ropes & Gray.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

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