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Seventh Circuit Holds ERISA Claims Are Arbitrable but Arbitration Provision Forbidding Plan-Wide Relief Is Unenforceable

Seventh Circuit Holds ERISA Claims Are Arbitrable but Arbitration Provision Forbidding Plan-Wide Relief Is Unenforceable

In Smith v. Bd. of Directors of Triad Mfg., Inc., No. 20-2708, __F.4th__, 2021 WL 4129456 (7th Cir. Sept. 10, 2021), Plaintiff-Appellee James Smith sued the fiduciaries of the Triad’s…

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Second Circuit Revives Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims in Class Action Against New York University Retirement Plans

Sacerdote v. New York Univ., No. 18-2707-CV, __F.4th__, 2021 WL 3610355 (2d Cir. Aug. 16, 2021) involves a class action brought by participants in retirement plans administered by New York University…

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Fifth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Putative Class Action Against American Airlines for Allegedly Imprudent 401(k) Plan Investment Options

In Ortiz v. Am. Airlines, Inc., No. 20-10817, __F.4th__, 2021 WL 3030550 (5th Cir. July 19, 2021), Plaintiffs-Appellants Salvadora Ortiz and Thomas Scott sued Defendants-Appellees American Airlines, Inc. (“AA”); American…

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Tenth Circuit Affirms District Court’s Damages Calculation in 401(k) Breach of Fiduciary Duty Litigation

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals recently decided Ramos v. Banner Health, et al., No. 20-1231, __F.3d__, 2021 WL 2387909 (10th Cir. June 11, 2021). This case involves a class…

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First Circuit Finds Fidelity’s Collection of Infrastructure Fees Does Not Make it a Functional Fiduciary Under ERISA

In Re: Fidelity ERISA Fee Litigation, Wong v. FMR LLC, et al., No. 20-1286, __F.3d__, 2021 WL 836766 (1st Cir. Mar. 5, 2021) involves a consolidated putative class action brought…

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Second Circuit Reverses Order Compelling Arbitration of ERISA Fiduciary Breach Claims by Plan Participant Against Employer’s Third-Party Investment Advisor

Yesterday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued its second decision this week involving the arbitration of ERISA claims. In Cooper v. Ruane Cunniff & Goldfarb Inc., No. 17-2805, __F.3d__2021…

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