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
THE MAJOR TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE:
Moderator: James Keenley, Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, PC, Oakland, CA
- 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)
- What’s on the horizon for next term?
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