Taft attorneys have represented benefit plans, employers and fiduciaries in some of the largest ERISA cases across the country, in matters involving hundreds of millions of dollars in exposure in pension, retiree insurance and other welfare plan cases. Our attorneys have substantial experience in cases asserting pension plan design allegations, fiduciary duty claims, allegations of prohibited transactions, cash balance pension plan design claims (including claims of whipsaw, wearaway and anti-cutback), retiree insurance claims, issues peculiar to pension plan mergers, other claims relating to employee welfare benefit plans, issues concerning summary plan descriptions and also claims concerning the efficacy of ERISA 204(h) notices. This experience includes major class action cases as well as defense of lawsuits brought by individuals, including claims of wrongfully denied insurance and disability benefits. ESOPs can present their own peculiar issues, and Taft attorneys have substantial experience with these as well.
Taft's long history representing employers with unionized work forces includes substantial representation with benefits issues unique to an employer's union relationship, including potential withdrawal liability and other matters relating to rules required of Taft-Hartley plans.