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The Cost-Efficiency Standard: Streamlining the ERISA 401(k)/403(b) Litigation Process

Any darn fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction. – Albert Einstein Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo da … Continue reading

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ERISA Risk Management and the Forensic ERISA Attorney

I was at a reception last week when someone asked me the question I love to hear – “so, what do you do for a living?” “I am a forensic ERISA attorney.” Head tilt, accompanied by polite stare. “I reverse … Continue reading

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Putnam Investments, LLC v. Brotherston: Pivotal Point for 401(k)/403(b) Industries?

Putnam Investments has filed a petition with the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) asking the Court to review the First Circuit Court of Appeals decision vacating a lower court’s decision that ruled in favor of Putnam. Brotherston had alleged that Putnam breached … Continue reading

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Why 401(k)/403(b) Actions Are Far From Over…and How to Prevent Them

When I read the district court’s decision in Brotherston v. Putnam Investments, LLC1, I read all the social media stories and posting proclaiming the end of 401(k)/403(b) fiduciary breach actions. My email accounts were flooded with “I told you so” … Continue reading

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The Active Management Value Ratio FAQs

Glad to get the feedback from people who like and are actively using the Active Management Value Ratio™ 3.0 (AMVR). I though I would share some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) in case they help others using the AMVR … Continue reading

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May It Please the Court: The Cost-Efficiency Quotient

In my last post, I suggested that the correlation of returns between funds in a 401(k)/403(b) plan might be considered the “X” factor in ERISA litigation going forward. In this post, I want to discuss another emerging factor in ERISA … Continue reading

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Correlation of Returns: The ERISA 404(c) Fiduciary “X” Factor

I received an email the other day from a local 401(k) plan. The email was short and simple – “we would you like you to come and present your ‘404(c) Fiduciary Liability Circle’ presentation.” After I gave the presentation, I … Continue reading

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