- Actuarial and Consultant Litigation
- Appellate Litigation
- Benefit Claims Litigation
- Department of Labor Audits and Investigations
- Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Preemption
- Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) Litigation
- Employer Stock Litigation
- Executive Compensation Litigation
- Fee Litigation
- Governmental Plan Litigation
- Internal Revenue Service Audits, Closing Agreements and Litigation
- Plan Funding and Restructuring Litigation
- Pre-Litigation Risk Assessment
- Representation Before Government Agencies
- Representation of Retirement Plan Sponsors and Plan Fiduciaries in Litigation
- Retiree Health and Welfare Plan Modification and Litigation
- Welfare Plan Sponsors, Insurers and Other Service Providers Litigation
The attorneys in Groom’s Litigation Group, many of whom tried the first Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) cases earlier in their careers at the Department of Labor (DOL) and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), handle benefits-related controversies ranging from routine claims disputes and federal agency investigations to complex class action and multi-district litigation.
Combining across-the-board expertise in employee benefits law with a recognition that some disputes can and must be won in the legislative and executive branches as well as the courts, we take on cases across the country for plan sponsors, financial institutions, managed care organizations, service providers, trade associations, and other clients who are seeking practical, tough-minded representation in employee benefits disputes.
- Controversies stemming from the preemption, prudence, and prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA.
- ESOP and 401(k) plan employer stock cases.
- 401(k) fee cases.
- Disability and retirement benefit claims disputes.
- Federal agency investigations.
- Disputes related to rabbi trusts, “top hat” plans, and other executive compensation arrangements.
- Disputes involving actuaries, benefits consultants, third-party administrators, recordkeepers, and other plan service providers.
- Amicus curiae briefs on benefits issues of general importance to plan sponsors, service providers, and trade associations.
- Court’s Rejection of ERISA Challenges to Verizon Annuity Purchase Supports “De-Risking” Strategy
- Eighth Circuit Affirms $13.4 Million Judgment Against 401(k) Plan Fiduciaries for Excessive Recordkeeping Fees, But Overturns Mapping and Float Rulings
- Supreme Court Rejects Quality Stores - Severance Pay Subject to FICA Taxes
- District Court Rules that Church Hospitals Cannot Establish Non-ERISA Church Plans