California Company Ordered to Pay Over $7.5 Million in a 401(k) Fiduciary Lawsuit

Posted on August 23rd, 2017 at 9:47 AM
California Company Ordered to Pay Over $7.5 Million in a 401(k) Fiduciary Lawsuit

From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:

After 10 years of litigating, the U.S District Court for the Central District of California has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in Tibble v. Edison International by asserting that the defendant failed to uphold its fiduciary duty.

This case is significant because it has been the only excessive fee case ever heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2015, after an appeal by Edison International from a decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a fiduciary has a continuing duty to monitor investments and remove imprudent ones. As a result, the U.S. Supreme Court remanded the case to the U.S. District Court to make a decision based on the facts in the underlying case. 

The U.S. District ultimately ruled that Edison International failed to uphold its fiduciary duty by selecting more costly retail share classes of the 17 mutual funds for its employees, instead of selecting international share classes, which carry lower fees. Furthermore, the court asserted that by selecting the more expensive shares, and failing to switch to the less expensive share classes as they became available, Edison International breached its fiduciary duty.

According to the decision, Edison International will have to pay approximately $7,520,000 to cover the plaintiffs’ lost investment opportunity.

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We just wanted to say thanks for your work in helping us get back some of the money we lost. We are not by any means rich, but we have saved some money and we have done so through a tight-fisted approach to most everything we do. So losing a significant chunk of money hurt…especially at a time when everyone else was growing their accounts. We really appreciate the work you did.

Allan and Adele


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