ERISA Class Action Trends: Trial and Settlement Strategies
Leveraging the New Developments in Stock Drop, Cash Balance Plan, Fiduciary Duty, Plan Administration and Fee Cases
Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will provide guidance to counsel for plan administrators and fiduciaries to avoid or minimize class action litigation. The panel will examine recent trends in ERISA class actions, analyze key substantive and procedural issues in recent rulings, and suggest trial and settlement tactics.
- ERISA class action trends
- Stock drop suits
- Fee cases
- Cash balance claims
- Plan administration suits
- Fiduciary duties
- Litigation and settlement strategies
- Class certification
- Attorney fee awards
- Best practices for fiduciaries to avoid and reduce ERISA litigation
- Consistent and careful oversight of plans
- Participant communications
- Keeping up to date on changes in the law and the investment/administrative marketplace
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- What are the bases for the recent wave of ERISA class action lawsuits—and what defenses are available to plan fiduciaries?
- How have the courts addressed claims involving breach of fiduciary duties, pension calculations, attorney fee awards, and the effect of Iqbal on pleadings?
- What litigation and settlement strategies have proven effective for counsel pursuing and defending ERISA class action claims?
Ian H. Morrison
He co-chairs the firm's ERISA Litigation Practice Group. His ERISA and employee benefits litigation experience includes... | Read More
He co-chairs the firm's ERISA Litigation Practice Group. His ERISA and employee benefits litigation experience includes defense of claims for benefits, breach of fiduciary duty claims, reporting and disclosure claims, severance pay and stock option claims, and ERISA Section 510 employment discrimination claims. He has represented employers, employee benefit plans, and fiduciaries in litigation.Close
Neil A. Capobianco
He specializes in ERISA and wage and hour class action litigation and has represented and advised management in all... | Read More
He specializes in ERISA and wage and hour class action litigation and has represented and advised management in all aspects of labor, employment, and employee benefits law matters. He has successfully defended employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, and retaliation claims, enforced and defended restrictive covenants and negotiated executive contracts and separation agreements.Close
Linda J. Haynes
She has substantial experience counseling clients in all elements of employee benefit plans and executive compensation.... | Read More
She has substantial experience counseling clients in all elements of employee benefit plans and executive compensation. She regularly counsels public and private clients in connection with the planning, development, and administration of their employee benefit programs, including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, health plans, cafeteria plans, and other types of welfare plans.Close