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Defending ERISA Class Actions Amid an Evolving Litigation Landscape: Best Practices for Counsel and Fiduciaries

Recent Cases, Emerging Trends, and Defense Strategies Involving the Duty of Prudence, Investment Offerings, and Other Issues for Plan Sponsors

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

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Conducted on Wednesday, August 24, 2022

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This CLE course will provide class action litigators and fiduciaries with a review of the trends and developments from 2021 to the present in 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.


Plan fiduciaries are increasingly the subject of suits alleging breach of fiduciary duty due to excessive fees, imprudent selection and monitoring of investment options, and underperforming plan investment options.

Under ERISA, fiduciaries who manage defined-contribution retirement plans have a duty of prudence requiring them to monitor investment options and remove imprudent ones. Recent rulings from the Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeal may impact the filing and defending against ERISA claims.

In this evolving landscape, ERISA class action litigators must keep abreast of emerging theories of liability, key settlement trends, 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 significant rulings, and provides litigation strategies for defending class action claims.



  1. Recent ERISA class action developments and trend
  2. Recent decisions in ERISA class action litigation
  3. Litigation strategies and developments
    1. Class certification
    2. Standing
    3. Pleading
    4. Other issues


The panel will review these and other vital 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 Hughes v. Northwestern and other recent rulings from U.S. Courts of Appeal expected to impact ERISA class action litigation?
  • What litigation and settlement strategies have proven effective for counsel defending ERISA class action claims?


Garrett, Angel
Angel L. Garrett

Trucker Huss

Ms. Garrett represents plan sponsors, fiduciaries, and service providers in ERISA class action and single plaintiff...  |  Read More

Kang, Clarissa
Clarissa A. Kang

Trucker Huss

Ms. Kang has handled a broad spectrum of litigation, including cases involving benefit claims, fiduciary issues, plan...  |  Read More

Rudolph, Dylan
Dylan D. Rudolph

Trucker Huss

Mr. Rudolph's practices in the firm’s ERISA litigation practice group, which is ranked in the first tier...  |  Read More

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