17.11.2022 11.59 CST

A round of court cases following Supreme Court’s Hughes decision places a greater burden on plaintiffs bringing fiduciary litigation.

Court of Appeals Reject Generalized Allegations

Court of Appeals Reject Generalized Allegations

Several recent decisions handed down by federal appellate courts offer some good news for plan fiduciaries. In each of these cases the courts affirmed dismissals of fiduciary litigation, concluding that the facts alleged were just not enough to support a claim. The dismissals were based on the courts’ assessment that even if the general facts alleged were true (e.g., that other plans paid less in recordkeeping or management fees or that other funds performed better) –those facts would not show that the actions taken by the fiduciaries for these specific plans were not prudent.

01.02.2022 03.04 CST

Fiduciaries are responsible to exercise prudence in all decisions—not just some.

Supreme Court Weighs in (Marginally) in Fiduciary Litigation

Supreme Court Weighs in (Marginally) in Fiduciary Litigation

The Supreme Court’s decision leaves unanswered many difficult questions facing fiduciaries.

02.03.2021 03.16 CST

Plaintiffs’ must use truly comparable benchmarks in claiming imprudent fiduciary decisions.

Fiduciary Litigation Update

Fiduciary Litigation Update

New court rulings may benefit employers.

A recent court case provides some potentially valuable guidance into ways plan fiduciaries can approach fiduciary litigation. Most importantly, the case could force plaintiffs to focus on truly comparable situations in alleging that a plan’s actions were imprudent--this would limit plaintiffs’ ability to use, as benchmarks of prudent behavior, general industry data or different categories of investments (such as comparing index funds to actively managed funds).

15.07.2020 11.54 CDT

New DOL guidance would provide advisors with incentives to sell commissionable products.

DOL Completes Trifecta of Questionable Policies

DOL Completes Trifecta of Questionable Policies

The DOL’s new guidance reinstates prior definition of investment fiduciary and offers new exemption for (otherwise prohibited) forms of compensation for plan fiduciaries.

The Department of Labor has issued new guidance defining when an investment adviser is a plan fiduciary--and the standards that must be followed by investment fiduciaries. The guidance reinstates a 1975 test defining investment fiduciaries and proposes a new prohibited transaction exemption allowing fiduciaries to collect commissions and third-party payments.

03.07.2020 06.45 CDT

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued new proposed regulations that provide guidance on the process that plan fiduciaries should use in selecting ESG investments. In issuing the proposed regulations the DOL targets ESG funds and creates new requirements--and hurdles-to the use of such funds.

DOL Delivers Lump of Coal to ESG Funds

DOL Delivers Lump of Coal to ESG Funds

Proposed DOL regulations would add new restrictions to the use of ESG funds.

The Department of Labor has issued new proposed regulation regarding intended to guide plan fiduciaries seeking to invest in funds that utilize environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) considerations. The proposed regulations identify specific (additional) steps that fiduciaries must take in order to utilize ESG funds and would prohibit use of ESG funds within plan “default” investments.