Williams Mullen: 4th Circuit Rules Retirement Plan Trustees' Failures Must Have Causal Link to Plan Losses to Hold Trustees Liable

By Mark S. Thomas and Robert W. Shaw Plasterers' Local Union No 96 Pension Plan v. Pepper , No. 10-1364 (4th Cir., December 1, 2011) The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that retirement plan trustees cannot be held liable for failures to investigate the prudence of plan...

Williams Mullen: 11th Circuit Rules Home Depot Plan Fiduciaries Did Not Breach Their Duties Related To The Plan's Company Stock Fund

B y M ark S. Thomas and Robert W. Shaw In Lanfear v. Home Depot, Inc. , No. 10-13002 (11th Cir. May 8, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit joined five other federal circuit courts in adopting a presumption that, in the absence...