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Category: Pension Plans

Your ERISA Watch – Ninth Circuit Upholds Denial of Pension Disability Benefits Under AT&T Pension Benefit Plan

Good morning, ERISA Watchers! This was a slow week in the circuit courts for ERISA decisions so this week’s notable decision is the unpublished decision in Strickland v. AT&T Pension Benefit Plan, No. 18-15336, __F.App’x__, 2020 WL 1873358 (9th Cir.…

Your ERISA Watch – Seventh Circuit Rules for Northwestern University in Retirement Plan Investment Dispute

This week’s notable decision is one from a wave of ERISA lawsuits against universities over allegations of imprudent investments and excessive fees.  In Divane v. Northwestern Univ., No. 18-2569, __F.3d__, 2020 WL 1444966 (7th Cir. Mar. 25, 2020), the Seventh…

Your ERISA Watch – Second Circuit Holds Reformation of Pension Plan is Equitable Remedy Even Absent Traditional Fraud or Mutual Mistake

This week’s notable decision, Laurent v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, No. 18-487-CV, __F.3d__, 2019 WL 7042414 (2d Cir. Dec. 23, 2019), is more fruit from Amara’s labor.  In a matter of first impression, the Second Circuit considered whether reformation is an available…

Your ERISA Watch – Trustees Abuse Discretion by Interpreting Plan Amendment to Apply to “Pass-through” Payments Transferred to Out-of-State Plans

This week’s notable decision comes out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a matter involving employer contributions to a union pension plan, Lehman, et al. v. Nelson, et al., No.18-35321, __F.3d__, 2019 WL 6484254 (9th Cir. Dec. 3,…

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