Your ERISA Watch – Pension Plan Participants Largely Prevail in a Kitchen Sink Appeal to the Second Circuit

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Your ERISA Watch – Pension Plan Participants Largely Prevail in a Kitchen Sink Appeal to the Second Circuit
Browe v. CTC Corp., Nos. 19-677-CV, 19-813-CV, __ F.4th __, 2021 WL 4449878 (2d Cir. Sept. 29, 2021) (Before Circuit Judges Livingston, Lynch, and Bianco).

If you ever need to show someone a case to demonstrate how messy ERISA can be, you may want to consider this one. In this decision, the Second Circuit tackled a full buffet of ERISA issues, including statutes of limitations, “top hat” plan status, liability among fiduciaries, statutory penalties, and how to calculate and apportion remedies.

The trouble began when CTC Corporation, a Vermont photo-finishing company, decided to offer its employees a deferred compensation benefit plan in 1990. When the rise of digital photography obsoleted traditional film development, the company crumbled and so did the plan. CTC began using plan assets to fund the business in 2004, and eventually, it was forced to cease doing business in 2014. This lawsuit, brought by several CTC employees against CTC and its managers, followed.

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