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Ninth Circuit Revives ERISA Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claim for Company’s Misrepresentation of Lifetime Health Benefits

Ninth Circuit Revives ERISA Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claim for Company’s Misrepresentation of Lifetime Health Benefits

In Warmenhoven v. NetApp, Inc., No. 19-16960, __F.4th__, 2021 WL 4143107 (9th Cir. Sept. 13, 2021), Defendant-Appellee NetApp promised Plaintiff-Appellant Daniel Warmenhoven and other executives lifetime medical benefits under the…

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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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Fifth Circuit Reaffirms that Termination of ERISA Plan Is a Settlor Function, Not A Fiduciary Act

In Jackson v. AT&T Ret. Sav. Plan, No. 20-30255, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 3624751 (5th Cir. Aug. 16, 2021), pro se Plaintiff-Appellant, Samantha J. Jackson, appealed the dismissal of her ERISA…

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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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Seventh Circuit Holds ERISA Does Not Preempt Bankruptcy Creditors’ State Law Claims Against Corporate Directors and Officers

In Halperin v. Richards, No. 20-2793, __F.4th__, 2021 WL 3184305 (7th Cir. July 28, 2021), the Seventh Circuit considered whether ERISA “preempts certain state-law claims brought by bankruptcy creditors on…

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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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