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Supreme Court Update on ERISA Issues

ABA JOINT COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYEE BENEFITS  • DATE: July 14, 2010
SPONSORS: The Sections of Business Law; Health Law; Labor and Employment Law; Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; Taxation; Tort Trial and Insurance Practice; and the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

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A 90-minute TeleConference/Live Audio Webcast
WEDNESDAY, JULY 14 , 2010

1:00-2:30 pm ET / 12:00-1:30 pm CT / 11:00 am-12:30 pm MT / 10:00 am-11:30 am PT

Year after year ERISA finds its way to the Supreme Court and the October 2009 term was no different in featuring two major cases on issues of central importance to ERISA litigators and their clients: the standard of review and attorneys’ fees in benefits claims litigation. The Court also issued a major decision in a non-ERISA case that concerns another hot area of ERISA litigation: 401(k) fees. This 90-minute program features a panel of top ERISA litigators from the plaintiffs and defense bar who will examine the new cases and what they mean for employers, fiduciaries, administrators, and participants alike. We will also take a peek ahead at next year’s term, which could bring important decisions in the areas of ERISA preemption, the sanctity of the SPD, and remedies for statutory violations.

THE MAJOR TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE:
  • Abuse of discretion review after Conkright v. Frommert – big changes or more of the same?
  • Attorneys’ fees after Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co. – who gets them, and when?
  • Jones v. Harris and the (uncertain) future of 401(k) fee litigation.
  • What’s on the horizon for next term?
Moderator: James Keenley, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, PC, Oakland, CA
Panelists: John R. Ates, Ates Law Firm, PC, Alexandria, VA
Joshua Bachrach, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Mala Rafik, Rosenfeld & Rafik, PC, Boston, MA
Mark E. Schmidtke, Ogletree Deakins Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC, Chicago, IL

   
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