Defending ERISA Class Actions Amid an Evolving Litigation Landscape

Leveraging Recent Developments and Supreme Court Rulings

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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This CLE course will provide class action litigators with a review of the trends and developments in 2010-2011 ERISA class action litigation and the impact of recent Supreme Court rulings on the ERISA landscape. The panel will also outline key litigation strategies for defending ERISA class claims.


ERISA class action litigation has seen extensive activity this year with the top 10 settlements totaling $424.4 million with significant defense victories in some stock-drop cases. Others, such as fiduciary duty claims and pension investment challenges, are emerging and evolving.

The 2010 term of the Supreme Court produced both ERISA-specific rulings like CIGNA v. Amara and landmark class action rulings like Wal-Mart v. Dukes that will dramatically impact the ERISA class action litigation landscape.

In this evolving landscape, it is critical that ERISA class action litigators keep abreast of emerging theories of liability, key settlement trends, and case law developments in class certification and other procedural issues like standing, preemption, pleading standards and attorney fees.

Listen as our authoritative panel of ERISA litigators guides you through the recent developments in class action litigation, discusses the impact of recent Supreme Court rulings, and provides litigation strategies for defending class action claims.



  1. Recent ERISA class action developments and trends
    1. Retirement plan litigation
    2. Fiduciary duty litigation
    3. Plan administration and design litigation
    4. Health and retiree benefit plans
  2. Supreme Court cases: Impact on ERISA class action litigation
    1. CIGNA v. Amara
    2. Wal-Mart v. Dukes
    3. AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion
  3. Litigation strategies and developments
    1. Class certification
    2. Standing
    3. Exhaustion and preemption
    4. Remedies
    5. Pleading
    6. Other issues


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the bases for recent ERISA class action lawsuits—and what defenses are available to plan fiduciaries?
  • How is the Supreme Court's Wal-Mart v. Dukes ruling expected to impact class certification of ERISA plaintiffs?
  • What litigation and settlement strategies have proven effective for counsel defending ERISA class action claims?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Ian H. Morrison
Ian H. Morrison

Seyfarth Shaw

He co-chairs the firm's ERISA Litigation Practice Group. His ERISA and employee benefits litigation experience includes...  |  Read More

Amanda A. Sonneborn
Amanda A. Sonneborn

Seyfarth Shaw

Ms. Sonneborn has considerable experience in ERISA and employee benefits litigation including defense of claims for...  |  Read More

Ada W. Dolph
Ada W. Dolph

Seyfarth Shaw

Her practice is concentrated in ERISA litigation and employment discrimination. She regularly defends cases involving...  |  Read More

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