Four ERISA plan participants, who participated in four different ERISA plans, commenced an ERISA class action against four of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), alleging that the PBMs breached their fiduciary duties by failing to ensure that the plaintiffs and other plan participants received the benefit of discounts that the PBMs had negotiated … Continue Reading
A federal district court in Texas referred to arbitration a 401(k) plan participant’s ERISA breach of fiduciary duty action based on allegations that certain plan investment options charged excessive fees. In a two-page order, the court instructed the arbitrator to determine whether the arbitrator or a court should determine whether the class action waiver provision … Continue Reading
A federal district court in Ohio concluded that a 401(k) plan participant could assert fiduciary breach and prohibited transaction claims only on behalf of the plan in which she participated, and not on behalf of other plans. In this case, the plaintiff was a participant in Andrus Wagstaff, PC’s 401(k) plan, and she alleged that … Continue Reading
A federal district court in Washington recently granted preliminary approval to a $6 million settlement of a mental health parity class action suit against Regence Blueshield. Plaintiffs claimed that defendants routinely excluded and limited coverage of the essential therapies to treat children with developmental disabilities. A fairness hearing is scheduled for September 11, 2015. The … Continue Reading
The Second Circuit ruled today in Parisi v. Goldman, Sachs & Co. that a plaintiff was required to arbitrate her Title VII claim even though it would effectively preclude her from pursuing a class claim in federal court or in arbitration. The issue of class action waivers is a subject of great debate in the … Continue Reading
The Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes impacted not only employment class actions but the viability of class certification in ERISA cases. The Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari last term in Comcast Corporation v. Behrend has the potential to similarly impact the future availability of class certification in ERISA actions. The Supreme … Continue Reading
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