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With plaintiffs targeting employee benefit plans at an accelerating speed, Paul, Weiss has built an exceptional practice defending plan sponsors, fiduciaries and service providers in the technically demanding, high-stakes arena of ERISA, pension- and employee benefits-related class actions and related litigation. We are also among the preeminent firms nationally in handling the securities litigation that frequently accompanies ERISA disputes.

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Carrier Global Wins Dismissal of Putative Class Action Over Executive Compensation Plan Conversion

Paul, Weiss won the dismissal, with prejudice, of a putative class action against Carrier Global Corporation filed by former executives of Carrier’s former parent company, United Technologies Corporation (UTC).

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Supreme Court Clarifies ERISA Fiduciary’s Duty of Prudence

In Hughes v. Northwestern University, the Supreme Court recently held that a context-specific inquiry is required to determine whether a retirement plan fiduciary violated ERISA’s duty of prudence. The Court reiterated that a fiduciary has the continuing duty to monitor investments and that merely providing investors with a range of investment choices does not excuse the fiduciary’s allegedly imprudent decisions.

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Kraft Heinz Savings Plan Trustees and Company Officers Win Motion to Dismiss ERISA Class Action

Paul, Weiss achieved a significant victory for certain current and former trustees of The Kraft Heinz Company’s savings plan and Kraft Heinz officers.

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U.S. Supreme Court Limits Standing for ERISA Plan Participants to Sue for Breach of Fiduciary Duties

In Thole v. U.S. Bank, the Supreme Court held that participants in a defined-benefit pension plan governed by ERISA lacked standing to sue for breaches of fiduciary duties if they had not suffered personal financial injury.

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ExxonMobil and Plan Trustees Win Motion to Dismiss ERISA Class Action

Paul, Weiss achieved a significant victory for Exxon Mobil Corporation and the trustees of its savings plan when the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas granted their motion to dismiss a putative ERISA class action.

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Supreme Court Update: High Court Ends Attempt to Impose Company Pension Liabilities on Private Equity Funds

The Supreme Court recently declined to hear New England Teamsters & Trucking v. Sun Capital Partners, et al., putting an end to years of litigation that have plagued the private equity industry. 

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U.S. Supreme Court Vacates and Remands ERISA Stock-Drop Suit

On January 14, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a per curiam order in Retirement Plans Committee of IBM Jander[1] (“Jander”), a closely watched case regarding the pleading standard for corporate stock-drop and disclosure claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”).

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