ERISA Rechtsstreitigkeiten


The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is one of the nation’s most complex pieces of legislation. At the same time, retirement benefits account for a significant portion of employers’ personnel-related expenditures. Consequently, ERISA disputes are among the most frequently litigated and financially risky areas of employee benefits law. To minimize the likelihood of disputes and to quickly resolve cases in a manner that reduces or eliminates potential liabilities, clients need legal advisors with deep and diverse experience in the application of this often misunderstood law.

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Ausgewählte Referenzmandate

  • A Chicago-based Fortune 100 company in the food industry in the successful avoidance of millions of dollars in pension liability by challenging a PBGC determination supporting one of its competitors (Sara Lee)
  • A multinational chemical company with the successful reversal of an adverse benefit judgment saving millions of dollars in pension plan liabilities (Evonik)
  • A publicly traded financial services company with an ERISA appellate victory affirming judgment in a welfare benefit dispute transpiring over 20 years (ADP, Inc.)
  • A US-based privately held corporation in a successful appeal defense of an ERISA judgment on a variety of benefit and fiduciary breach claims (Mars, Inc.)
  • A manufacturer of clothing and textiles on a 200-participant ERISA administrative benefit claim review involving tens of millions of dollars in liability that avoided litigation on all claims (Hillshire Brands)
  • A publicly traded company in the automobile and machinery industry in negotiations with the PBGC on an ERISA Section 4062(e) matter that avoided hundreds of millions of dollars of pension liability related to facility closures (Navistar)
  • Global aerospace and defense giant Northrop Grumman Corporation in various class action district court cases and appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit involving Northrop’s pension plans, 401(k) plans and other benefit design cases
  • The Bank of America 401(k) Plan, as a Successor to the Countrywide Financial Corporation 401(k) Savings and Investment Plan, in connection with the Countrywide securities lawsuits.
  • A third-party financial trustee alleged to have violated fiduciary duties to 401(k) plan participants by holding General Motors company stock during the period leading up to the General Motors bankruptcy, in various cases
  • ERISA plan fiduciaries, trustees, and related associations in submitting amicus briefs, including taking a position on behalf of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association in a closely watched appeal before the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


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Theodore (Ted) M. Becker

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J. Christian Nemeth

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