Pension Litigation Database Launches as Lawsuits Surge debuts with over 1,500 retirement plan legal actions, each classified by nearly 100 fields, including court circuit, type of allegation, plaintiff, defendant and date. A joint venture of Pension Governance, LLC and The Michel-Shaked Group, this continuously updated and searchable database reflects the dramatic rise in pension lawsuits. Market volatility, complex investment strategies, new accounting rules, federal regulations and heightened scrutiny of financial decision-making are a few of the many reasons that explain the addition of hundreds more cases each quarter.

This unique web-enabled tool helps attorneys, trustees, board members and policy-makers to better understand the nature of individual pension lawsuits and related litigation trends, thereby encouraging improved practices. “We’re excited to introduce as a way to stimulate the conversation about fiduciary responsibilities,” said Dr. Susan Mangiero, President and CEO of Pension Governance, LLC. “Litigation is a fact of life now. Regardless of plan type, those in charge need to understand the personal and professional liability. Our hope is that subscribers can learn valuable lessons about what to avoid.” Co-founder of The Michel-Shaked Group, Dr. Israel Shaked urges outside and corporate counsel to pay close attention to ERISA cases, adding “These lawsuits are greater in number, more severe and often accompany securities litigation filings, including class actions.”

A charter annual subscription rate of $695 provides unlimited access to the site, saves decision-makers countless hours of research time and offers otherwise hard-to-find intelligence about pension litigation issues. Users will find cases about a variety of topics such as prudence, duty to monitor, reasonableness of fees and plan design. Circuit commentaries written by and for attorneys are available and cover numerous retirement plan pain points that challenge sitting fiduciaries and their service providers. Assessing statistical patterns, evaluating case precedents, tracking fiduciary hot button issues by circuit, case type and time to settlement are just a few of the information tools you will find here.

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Pension Risk Matters - June 22, 2008 1:39 AM
On January 14, 2008, we announced the launch of Since then, we've collected over 2,000 cases that involve pension funds, either as plaintiff or defendant. We are adding about 300 to 400 cases per quarter. A joint venture ...
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