On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET, Seyfarth attorneys Howard Pianko and Linda J. Haynes, along with a slate of other experienced ERISA practitioners in the area of plan investments, will share their insights a the Practicing Law Institute’s “Pension Plan Investments 2021: Advanced Perspectives.” Howard is a co-chair for

By Sam Schwartz-Fenwick and William David

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent decision district court ruling affirms that in a benefit discrimination claim, just as in a typical claim of employment discrimination, to survive summary judgment a plaintiff must demonstrate that a defendant’s given lawful reason for taking an adverse action was pretext.

Temporal proximity between an

By Mark Casciari

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court’s Spokeo decision is sure to impact ERISA litigation.  Expect ERISA plaintiffs to focus more on alleging a “concrete” injury, and ERISA defendants to argue more often that the claim cannot proceed in federal court because its alleged injury, while it may allege a breach of ERISA, does

By: Jules Levenson and Sam Schwartz-Fenwick

Seyfarth Synopsis: A district court in Minnesota recently found an employee could not challenge a plan’s blanket transgender exclusion under Title VII, when the employee was not transgender but her son was. The Court went on to find that a third party administrator could not be sued for the

By: Ada Dolph and Jim Goodfellow

In Becker v. Mays-Williams, No. No. 13–35069 (9th Cir. Jan. 28, 2015), the Ninth Circuit was confronted with the issue of determining whether decedent Asa Williams, a long-time participant in his employer’s ERISA governed retirement savings plans, effectively changed his beneficiary designation from his ex-wife to his son

By Lorie Almon, Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., and Ian Morrison

Back by popular demand, our Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report Webinar is on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Click here to register and attend. It’s free!

Workplace class action litigation continues to accelerate, grow, and pose extraordinary risks for employers. Skilled plaintiffs’ lawyers

By: Ian H. Morrison and Christopher M. Busey

While the debate over Amara and its implications continues, the Eleventh Circuit gave welcome ammunition to ERISA plan administrators and fiduciaries in a recent opinion. In Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan v. Montanile, No. 14-11678 (Nov. 25, 2014), the court