Litigation update

Litigation Update
42nd Annual Retirement and
Benefits Management Seminar

The Good.
Hecker v. Deere & Co. (Seventh Circuit 2009)  Revenue-sharing is not material and need not be disclosed  Offering allegedly expensive fund options was not a The Good.
Renfro v. Unisys (Third Circuit 2011)  Courts should look at "the characteristics of the mix and range of investment options and then challenging fund selection against the backdrop of the reasonableness of the mix and range of options“  Plan included over 73 investment options. Retail funds had a variety of risk and fee profiles, including low risk/low-fee  Rejected claim that Unisys should have paid per-participant The Good.
Loomis v. Exelon (Seventh Cir., 2011)  32 investment options, including 24 mutual funds  Expense ratios from .03% to .96%, included passively  Rejected claim that fiduciaries should not have used retail The Good.
Kanawi v. Bechtel (N.D. Cal. 2008)  Fiduciaries did not breach their duties by using “proprietary”  Fiduciaries were procedurally prudent– they met regularly, monitored and reviewed the proprietary funds, and obtained  No prohibited transaction in hiring affiliated investment adviser to the extent that the plan sponsor paid the Braden v. Wal-Mart (Eighth Circuit 2009)  Fiduciaries could have a duty to disclose more information than is in the SPD and fund prospectuses about fund  A participant could be misled if defendants did not disclose:  The mutual funds used in the plan charged higher fees  Wal-Mart had access to the more cost-effective  Defendants did not select or evaluate plan investment  The mutual funds were selected because the fund managers paid revenue sharing to the trustee George v. Kraft (Seventh Circuit 2011)  Plaintiffs can proceed with claim that, as to unitized stock fund, fiduciaries should have taken steps to minimize “investment drag” and “transaction drag”  Plaintiffs also can proceed with claim that Kraft fiduciaries should have solicited competitive bids from recordkeepers Tibble v. Edison (9th Cir. Mar. 21, 2013)  Court rejects continuing violation theory for statute of  9th Circuit joined the 4th, 6th and 7th circuits holding the DOL’s interpretation of 404(c) was consistent with  Failure to investigate institutional share class was a breach of fiduciary duty. Court noted lack of procedural process in The Ugly.
 Nationwide may be a plan fiduciary because it retained discretion to add and delete the fund options offered to  Revenue sharing payments from funds could be plan assets on the basis of Nationwide's receiving revenue sharing  Even if revenue sharing payments are not plan assets, Nationwide’s receipt of revenue sharing could involve illegal The Ugly.
 The right to change the lineup of investment options could give  John Hancock is an ERISA fiduciary because it  Retained discretion to set and modify the amount of the administrative fees charged to its plan clients  Retained discretion to substitute mutual funds offered as  Court found sufficient factual questions existed as to whether  Breached its fiduciary duties in receiving administrative fees in compensation for its services to its clients  Offset the full amount of the revenue sharing payments it received against the fees owed by its plan clients The Ugly.
 Plaintiffs alleged sufficient facts in support of their claim that Hartford is a fiduciary, including that Hartford had discretion to make unilateral changes to the menu of investment options offered to plan participants Cases in the Pipeline
Kelley et al. v. Fidelity (D.Mass. 2013), Boudreau v. Fidelity (D.Mass. 2013), Columbia Air Services v. Fidelity (D. Mass. 2013) – Complaints allege fiduciary breaches:  Using float income to pay itself fees above and beyond the  Remitting float income into the mutual fund options selected by plan participants, without crediting amount of float income to plan or participant contributions


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