D.C. residents who have corporate pensions should take note of a recent spate of lawsuits against companies who have allegedly breached their fiduciary duties by underpaying joint and survivor annuity benefits (JSA). Recently, there was a lawsuit filed against UPS which was the latest suit to claim that a company effectively shortchanged those who elected to take their pensions as a joint and survivor annuity as opposed to a single life annuity (SLA).
Many people in the District of Columbia have benefits plans through their jobs that are governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Workers might want to be aware of a lawsuit that has been filed against Shell Oil and Fidelity for alleged violations of ERISA.
A major defense contractor with employees in Washington, D.C., and across the country is settling a class action suit linked to its retirement plan. Members of Northrop Grumman's 401(k) plan brought a lawsuit under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), a law that protects employee benefits from misuse, mismanagement or violation of fiduciary duties. Members of the plan said that the participants' assets were placed at risk by management decisions, including charging excessive fees and overpaying for plan administration.