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5 Ways a Lawyer Can Assist You As a Car Owner

5 Ways a Lawyer Can Assist You As a Car Owner May 31, 2024. By LAS Staff Writer.
Santa Clara, CA Despite all the positives that can come with owning a car, car ownership still comes with some responsibilities--from ensuring the automobile is roadworthy to obtaining and renewing the necessary license and beyond. Understanding how to navigate the automotive legal landscape is another crucial aspect to consider, and at times it might feel like driving through a maze without a clear map.
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Maryland Orders Employer to Fork Over Missed Contributions to 401k Plan

Maryland Orders Employer to Fork Over Missed Contributions to 401k Plan April 22, 2024. By Anne Wallace.
Baltimore, MD On February 1, 2022, the District Court of Maryland ordered Bicallis LLC and its owner, Bryan Hill to restore missing contributions to the Bicallis 401(k) Plan. Bicallis was a Baltimore-based logistics, engineering and management support services company with 25 employees. The contributions were owed to the pension plan under the law and the express terms of the plan.
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DOL Charges TPA Embezzled ERISA Plan Assets

DOL Charges TPA Embezzled ERISA Plan Assets March 18, 2024. By Anne Wallace.
Pittsburgh, PA On February 5, the Western District of Pennsylvania issued a Temporary Restraining Order barring RiversEdge Advanced Retirement Systems, LLC and Paul Palguta, the company’s sole owner and president, from accessing the assets of various ERISA retirement plans. The Department of Labor has accused the third-party administrator of misappropriating and misallocating retirement plan assets from seventeen retirement plans, fourteen of which were covered by ERISA. The defendants also are alleged to have transferred assets among the trust accounts for these plans and generated false records to conceal these transfers. The fraudulent information provided to the plans duped them into filing false reports with the DOL, which further frustrated discovery of the embezzlement.
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Chicago Hospital Settles Class Action for $55M

Chicago Hospital Settles Class Action for $55M February 22, 2024. By Jane Mundy.
Evanston, IL NorthShore University Health System has agreed to pay $55 million to settle a federal consumer class action lawsuit that was filed back in 2007. The settlement ends 16 years of litigation over its merger with another hospital that allegedly allowed NorthShore to illegally monopolize the market and unfairly raise prices on patients.

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Another Option for Workers Who Cannot Save through an ERISA Retirement Plan

Another Option for Workers Who Cannot Save through an ERISA Retirement Plan February 8, 2024. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA In February 2022, the United States Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari filed by the petitioner in Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association v. The California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program (CalSavers). The denial kept in place a decision of the Ninth Circuit that permitted a California-sponsored and administered retirement plan for employees of small businesses.
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More Long-Term Part Timers May Now Save Through 401k ERISA Plans

More Long-Term Part Timers May Now Save Through 401k ERISA Plans January 22, 2024. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC Beginning on January 1, 2024, an expanded group of long-term part-time employees may be able to participate in their employer’s 401k ERISA retirement plan. It’s a small tweak in the 2019 Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) that could have major implications for young and underemployed workers who struggle to save for retirement. Many employers are still processing the changes, so it may ultimately fall to workers to ensure that they are afforded the opportunities provided by law. In most cases, a well-crafted inquiry (with the advice of competent counsel) may eliminate the need for an ERISA lawsuit.
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Are Forfeiture Lawsuits the Next Trend for ERISA Litigation in 2024?

Are Forfeiture Lawsuits the Next Trend for ERISA Litigation in 2024? January 3, 2024. By Anne Wallace.
Oakland, CA On December 13, Clorox Co. asked the Northern District of California to dismiss a class action ERISA breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit that targets the company’s longstanding practice of using forfeited employer contributions to participants’ accounts to reduce its required contributions to the plan. Plan participants argue that forfeited amounts should instead be used to defray the plan’s administrative expenses.
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MetLife to Settle ERISA Lawsuit for $4.5 Million

MetLife to Settle ERISA Lawsuit for $4.5 Million December 15, 2023. By Anne Wallace.
New York, NY On November 20 MetLife Group and a group of participants in the MetLife 401(k) Plan agreed to settle an ERISA breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit for $4.5 million. In their amended class-action complaint, plan participants accused plan fiduciaries of failing to act solely in the interest of plan participants and beneficiaries by including proprietary investment options in the plan when similar, cheaper and better-performing investments were available in the marketplace.

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ESG Rules for ERISA Plan Investing Survive Conservative Challenge

ESG Rules for ERISA Plan Investing Survive Conservative Challenge November 14, 2023. By Anne Wallace.
Amarillo, TX On September 21, US District Court for the Northern District of Texas Judge Matthew J. Kasmaryk held that plan fiduciaries may consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in choosing pension plan investments. The ERISA lawsuit, Utah v. Walsh, was seen as the “anti-woke” coalition’s best shot at limiting the range of factors that fiduciaries could consider in investment decisions.
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Hair Relaxer Formaldehyde and the FDA’s Failure to Warn

Hair Relaxer Formaldehyde and the FDA’s Failure to Warn October 31, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA The FDA has known since at least 2011 that hair straighteners containing formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals have made hair salon workers and their clients sick, yet it is just now considering banning hair relaxers that contain or emit the chemical by April 2024, due to a link with long-term health effects. The agency said it has been communicating with the public since 2010 about formaldehyde’s potential health concerns, and for more than a decade it has received numerous warnings, including the cosmetic industry’s own experts stating the products unsafe.
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