A series of welfare and pension trust funds filed an action against the president and shareholder of Hawk, Inc. alleging that the individual was personally responsible for amounts deducted from employees’ paychecks and other amounts not contributed to the relevant multiemployer plans. Hawk, Inc., was currently in a bankruptcy proceeding and the plans could not take further actions against the company other than filing claims with the bankruptcy proceeding. The president and shareholder was successful in having the claims of the plans dismissed on a motion for summary judgment. The court found that plans had not been prepared to offer any evidence indicating that Hawk failed to observe corporate formalities which would result in possible imposition of liability under an alter ego or piercing-the-corporate-veil types of theories or to offer any evidence that the president and shareholder retained personal control over the payroll deductions. Because the plaintiffs failed to state or otherwise present possible evidence to these facts, the court found the dismissal on summary judgment was appropriate. While the individual in this case was successful, officers and shareholders of companies should be careful to observe all corporate actions and observe all fiduciary duties to avoid any claims by multiemployer plans for personal liabilities for amounts not contributed to a plan. (Robinson v. Hawk Inc., N.D. Ind. 2010)