Defined Benefit Pension Plan Litigation: Latest Developments

Avoiding and Defending Challenges to Plan Investments and Other DB Plan Decisions

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


Conducted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Recorded event now available

or call 1-800-926-7926
Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide benefits counsel with a review of emerging theories of fiduciary duty and investment management liability, as well as other key developments in defined benefit plan litigation. The panel will discuss best practices for defending and minimizing exposure to defined benefit plan litigation.

Description

In the ongoing class action against Weyerhaeuser’s pension plans challenging alleged risky investments in alternative investments (derivatives, PE and hedge funds), the claims represent a departure from previous case law that limited liability for investment decisions under defined benefit plans.

In Jan. 2013, the 4th Circuit dismissed a suit challenging the investment of plan assets in a defendant’s affiliated mutual funds. The court held that the plaintiffs lacked constitutional standing since they had no injury-in-fact because benefit levels were not affected by performance of the plan’s investments.

Other defined benefit claims such as cash-balance litigation continue to burden companies with high defense costs and settlement expense.

Listen as our authoritative panel of ERISA attorneys discusses recent developments in defined benefit pension plan litigation and provides best practices for defending and avoiding exposure to these claims.

READ MORE

Outline

  1. Challenges to plan investment decisions—causes of action and key defenses
  2. Developments in cash balance plan litigation
  3. Case law and other legal developments

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the key recent developments in defined benefit plan litigation?
  • What are the most recent theories in support of challenges to alternative pension plan investment decisions such as derivatives and hedge funds?
  • What steps should plan fiduciaries take to minimize exposure to defined benefit plan litigation?

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

Faculty

James O. Fleckner
James O. Fleckner

Partner
Goodwin Procter

Mr. Fleckner is a nationally recognized leader in the field of ERISA litigation and heads the firm’s ERISA...  |  Read More

Sarah Zumwalt
Sarah Zumwalt

Principal
Groom Law Group

Ms. Zumwalt  represents ERISA plan sponsors, fiduciaries, alleged fiduciaries and service providers in all...  |  Read More

Other Formats
— Anytime, Anywhere

Strafford will process CLE credit for one person on each recording. All formats include program handouts. To find out which recorded format will provide the best CLE option, select your state:

CLE On-Demand Audio

$297

Download

$297