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US Supreme Court Grants Cert in Case Alleging Breach of Fiduciary Duties in Administering Defined Contribution Plans

USA - July 6 2021 On July 2, 2021, the US Supreme Court granted certiorari in Hughes v. Northwestern University, No. 19-1401, to address the pleading standard that…

Jed W. Glickstein, Nancy G. Ross

Appellate Court Split in Recent Single Stock Fund Litigation

USA - September 15 2020 The Fourth Circuit’s recent split decision in Quatrone v. Gannett Co., Inc., No. 19-1212 (4th Cir. Aug. 11, 2020) is sure to raise the blood pressure…

Maureen J. Gorman, Stephanie B. Vasconcellos

Tenth Circuit Decision Puts New Emphasis on Including Discretionary Authority Language in Summary Plan Descriptions

USA - August 4 2020 The Tenth Circuit’s recent split decision in M. v. Premera Blue Cross, No. 18-4098 (July 24, 2020), poses a significant threat to the deferential…

Stephanie B. Vasconcellos

ERISA Fiduciary Best Practices and Prudence in the Evolving COVID-19 Environment

USA - April 2 2020 These are unsettling times. Seemingly every day brings a new announcement of a state or local shutdown order, a massive bailout package, or the Dow…

Brian D. Netter, Nancy G. Ross

D.C. Circuit Holds That a Participant Who Signed a Release Could Not Assert ERISA Fiduciary Breach Claims on Behalf of Her Retirement Plan

USA - March 30 2020 When an employee separates from employment with a severance payment, the employee will frequently agree to a broad release of claims against the…

Elaine Liu, Brian D. Netter, Nancy G. Ross