401(k) and 403(b) Plan Litigation: Recent Cases, Investment Offerings, Issues for Plan Sponsors and Fiduciaries
Causes of Action, Defenses, Dismissals and Settlements, Best Practices for Avoiding and Managing Claims
Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will discuss the new wave of retirement plan litigation involving fiduciary conduct relating to 401(k) and 403(b) plans. The program will review the cases filed to date, legal theories raised, defenses, settlements, dismissals, and the current state of the litigation. The panel will also discuss the differences in claims, theories, and causes of action between 401(k) and 403(b) plans and offer techniques in managing lawsuits stemming from investment offerings, fees, what to do to potentially avoid these types of litigation and more.
- Overview of litigation trends and developments
- Dismissed claims
- Pending litigation
- Defense perspective
- Theories of liability
- Best practices for counsel and fiduciaries
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What are the current trends in this wave of retirement fund litigation?
- What are the theories plaintiffs allege to support claims against 401(k) and 403(b) fiduciaries?
- How does litigation involving 401(k) and 403(b) plans differ?
- What are the most effective techniques in avoiding and managing claims?
Mark E. Bokert
Davis & Gilbert
Mr. Bokert is co-chair of the firm's Benefits & Compensation Practice Group. His practice encompasses nearly... | Read More
Mr. Bokert is co-chair of the firm's Benefits & Compensation Practice Group. His practice encompasses nearly all aspects of executive compensation and employee benefits, including matters related to equity plans, deferred compensation plans, phantom equity plans, qualified retirement plans and welfare plans. He has extensive experience in Section 409A and deferred compensation arrangements. He has extensive experience in counseling plan committees on their fiduciary responsibilities under ERISA.Close
Ada W. Dolph
With 17 years of experience as a labor and employment litigator with Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Dolph is an advisor to clients... | Read More
With 17 years of experience as a labor and employment litigator with Seyfarth Shaw, Ms. Dolph is an advisor to clients in the airline, retail, healthcare and manufacturing industries. Her practice focuses on advice and counsel and innovative litigation involving complex procedural defenses, including preemption of state law claims under ERISA, Railway Labor Act, Airline Deregulation Act, Federal Aviation Act, and the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Act (SGLIA); Article III and statutory standing; statute of limitations; and administrative exhaustion requirements, among others; Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) claims, prevailing as lead counsel in the first BIPA case to be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; whistleblower claims under state law, AIR21, Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley; discrimination claims in state and federal jurisdictions across the country, including under Title VII, ADA, Section 1981, and the ADEA, and their state law counterparts, including systemic actions brought by the EEOC; ERISA single, multi-plaintiff and class action matters involving denial of health, disability, life, pension and 401(k) benefits, including defense of high profile “stock drop,” retiree medical and 401(k fee class actions.Close
Scott M. Lempert
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll
Mr. Lempert is a member of the firm's Employee Benefits (ERISA) Practice Group. He joined the firm in 2016 and... | Read More
Mr. Lempert is a member of the firm's Employee Benefits (ERISA) Practice Group. He joined the firm in 2016 and represents the interests of employees, retirees, and plan participants and beneficiaries in ERISA cases in the district court and on appeal.Close