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2011 Newsroom Archive

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December

  • Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announces new appointments and leadership for 2012 ERISA Advisory Council • 11-1805-NAT [12/22/2011]
  • US Labor Department releases advance copies of 2011 Form 5500 annual report [12/20/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues defunct Goldsboro, NC, company and corporate officers to recover more than $20,000 for employee benefit plans • 11-1741-ATL [12/19/2011]
  • Trustee of 2 defunct Maine employee stock ownership plans agrees to restore total of $300,000 and resign as fiduciary • 11-1722-BOS [12/19/2011]
  • Solis v. Robert Lewis Berkopec, McIntyre Construction Inc. and McIntyre Construction Inc. 401(k) plan • EBSA-11-159 [12/14/2011]
  • US Department of Labor revises interim e-disclosure policy under participant fee disclosure regulations [12/08/2011]
  • Merrill Lynch agrees to restore more than $170,000 to settle with US Labor Department over allegations of pension plan misconduct in Alabama • 11-1673-ATL [12/07/2011]
  • Solis v. Gary L. Goble and Stephens' Drugs Inc. involving unremitted employee contributions • 11-ATL-570 [12/07/2011] - ComplaintConsent Judgment and Order
  • US Labor Department investigation results in former Alabama computer device maker being ordered to restore more than $114,000 to pension plan • 11-1669-ATL [12/06/2011]
  • Solis v. Truck It, Inc, Default Judgment orders Steven R. Ligon, and Employee Benefits Plan of Truck It, Inc. to restore $26,288 to employee benefit plan • 11-ATL-566 [12/05/2011] • Default Judgment
  • US Labor Department proposes rules under Affordable Care Act to crack down on health care fraud, protect workers and small businesses - 11-1677-NAT [12/05/2011]

November

  • US Labor Department recovers nearly $8 million in back wages, fringe benefits and 401(k) plan assets from defunct security company - 11-1678-NAT [11/22/2011]
  • Judge orders Northbrook, Ill.-based Family Care Management, trustee to distribute nearly $125,000 in employee benefit plan assets • 11-27-CHI [11/18/2011] • Consent Order and Judgment
  • US Labor Department sues defunct Weehawken, NJ, company to distribute more than $2 million in assets from company's retirement plan • 11-1634-NEW [11/17/2011]
  • Solis v. Frank Mitacek III, Susan Mitacek, Frank's International, Inc. 401(k) Plan involving consent judgment and order for Frank's International, Inc. 401(K) Plan in Bakersfield, Calif. • 11-272-SAN [11/15/2011] • Consent Judgment and Order
  • US Department of Labor's EBSA creates new consumer assistance Web page • 11-1627-NAT [11/10/2011]
  • Judge orders Christina Metzler to restore more than $44,000 to Westside Cabinet & Millwork SIMPLE IRA Plan in Madison, Wis. • CHI-11-26 [11/10/2011] • Consent Order and Judgment
  • US Labor Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration announces 5 senior leadership appointments [11/07/2011]
  • East Los Angeles community hospital executives ordered to repay $600,000 to employee retirement plan, following US Labor Department investigation • 11-1557-SAN [11/01/2011]

October

  • Solis v. Joseph R. Kvidera involving judgment for $10,740 to Procedo, Inc. 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan, Minneapolis, Minn. • CHI-11-24 [10/28/2011] • OrderConsent Order and Judgment
  • Solis v. James T. Ledford and Davis Equipment Sales & Service, Inc. involving unremitted employee contributions • CHI-11-23 [10/27/2011] • Complaint
  • US Labor Department publishes final rule amending procedures for filing and processing prohibited transaction exemptions under ERISA [10/28/2011]
  • US Labor Department publishes final regulation to improve access to quality investment advice • 11-1537-NAT [10/24/2011]
  • Judge orders Dr. Rickey Gene Love to allow his interest to be redistributed to other participants in Otorhinolaryngology Associates Profit Sharing Plan in Montgomery, Ala. • 11-ATL-501 [10/21/2011] • ComplaintConsent Judgment and Order
  • US Department of Labor's ERISA Advisory Council to hold public meeting Nov. 8 and 9 • 11-1536-NAT [10/20/2011]
  • US Department of Labor obtains judgment to distribute $1.35 million to participants of Minneapolis-based Northland Inn's 401(k) plan • 11-1511-CHI [10/19/2011]
  • US Department of Labor, Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance to offer free health law seminar in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 25 and 26 • 11-1522-ATL [10/19/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues Wisconsin-based B & K Builders, co-owners to recover more than $114,000 for company's employee benefit plans • 11-383-CHI [10/17/2011]
  • Judge orders James and Carrie Jendusa to restore more than $13,000 to Jendusa Engineering Associates, Inc. 401(k) Plan in Hartland, Wis. • 11-22-CHI [10/13/2011] • Consent Order
  • Dickerson, Md., company to restore $100,000 to employee savings plan, resolving US Labor Department lawsuit • 11-1465-PHI [10/13/2011]
  • Employee Benefits Security Administration Issues Questions and Answers on Prohibited Transactions and Exemptions [10/13/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues to restore employee contributions to 401(k) plan of 2 Pittsburgh companies • 11-1262-PHI [10/12/2011]
  • Solis v. BHMA LLC Judgment secures independent fiduciary for 401(k) plan of former Leesburg, Va., company • 11-138-PHI [10/11/2011] • ComplaintOrder
  • US Labor Department seeks to recover more than $436,000 for 2 employee benefit plans of Columbus, Ohio-based Clark Graphics • 11-1440-CHI [10/12/2011]
  • Solis v. Glen Zucker complaint involving Grant Saint John 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan in Galion, Ohio • 11-1391-CHI [10/11/2011] • Complaint
  • Pasadena, Calif.-based beauty salon owner sentenced for embezzling nearly $90,000 from employee 401(k) plan [10/06/2011]
  • US Labor Department seeks to recover more than $1.9 million in assets of A.B.D. Tank & Pump Co. retirement plan misused by company owner • 11-1391-CHI [10/04/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues Media, Pa., company and benefit plan trustees to restore assets to 401(k) plan • 11-1377-PHI [10/03/2011]

September

  • US Labor Department seeks to recover $263,951 for N.C. Caro M.D., S.C. Defined Benefit Plan in Chicago after owner alleged to have mishandled funds • 11-20-CHI [09/30/2011] • Complaint
  • Pittsburgh company will restore more than $67,000 to employee retirement plan, resolving Labor Department lawsuit - 11-1383-PHI [09/28/2011]
  • EBSA to host webcast on saving tips for college seniors and new employees [09/21/2011]
  • US Labor Department's EBSA to re-propose rule on definition of a fiduciary • 11-1382-NAT [09/15/2011]
  • Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announces appointment of new member to ERISA Advisory Council • 11-1349-NAT [09/13/2011]
  • US Department of Labor issues interim e-disclosure policy under participant fee disclosure regulations [09/13/2011]
  • US Department of Labor files complaint to recover more than $36,000 for Jomar Building Company 401(k) Plan • 11-19-CHI [09/12/2011] • Complaint
  • US Department of Labor's ERISA Advisory Council to hold Sept. 28 teleconference • 11-1317-NAT [09/08/2011]
  • Employee Benefits Security Administration to host webcast on participant fee disclosure rule [09/07/2011]
  • Judge orders Thomas Benick and John Thommes to restore $24,676 to Thommes and Thomas Land Clearing SIMPLE IRA Plan in Scandia, Minn. • 11-18-CHI [09/06/2011] • Consent Order and Judgment

August

  • Judge orders Joseph M. Phelan to restore $10,470 to Phezer Enterprises Inc. Health Plan in Crystal Lake, Ill. • 11-17-CHI [08/31/2011] • Consent Order and Judgment
  • US Department of Labor obtains judgment in Solis v. Alliance, providing for termination and distribution of the assets of the Alliance Excavating, Inc. 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan in Grove City, Ohio • 11-16-CHI [08/30/2011] • Consent Order and Judgment
  • Solis v. Brenda Duncan, Proto Craft, Inc. and Proto Craft, Inc. Profit Sharing and 401(k) Plan in Auburn Hills, Mich. • 11-14-CHI [08/24/2011] • Consent Order and Judgment
  • Judge appoints independent fiduciary to terminate Subspecialty Centers of America 401(K) Plan and Trust and distribute assets to former employees • 11-13-CHI [08/19/2011] • Default Judgment
  • US Labor Department sues former Nashville, Tenn., consulting company and president to restore employees' 401(k) plan contributions • 11-1221-ATL [08/18/2011]
  • New Affordable Care Act proposal to help consumers better understand and compare benefits and coverage • 11-1232-NAT [08/17/2011]
  • Employee Benefits Security Administration to host Webcast on Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program [08/17/2011]
  • Pasadena, Texas-based Modern Plumbing and affiliates to restore workers' 401(k) contributions, resolving US Labor Department lawsuit - 11-1015-DAL [08/15/2011]
  • US Department of Labor's ERISA Advisory Council to hold meeting Aug. 30-Sept. 1 • 11-1191-NAT [08/09/2011]
  • Investigation leads to two arrests in alleged theft from Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center health benefit plan [08/04/2011]
  • US Department of Labor sues former North Carolina fabric mill, company president to restore nearly $145,000 to pension plan • 11-1122-ATL [08/02/2011]

July

  • US Labor Department solicits nominations for 2012 ERISA Advisory Council • 11-1108-NAT [07/22/2011]
  • Court orders SME Inc., d/b/a Allegra Print & Imaging and Sean Eagan to restore unremitted payments to employee benefit plans • 11-11-CHI [07/19/2011] • Consent Order and Judgment
  • US Labor Department sues Plymouth, Minn.-based Mirror Factory and owners to restore more than $14,000 to company's 401(k) plan • 11-474-CHI [07/18/2011]
  • Sugar Hill, Ga., custom woodworking company agrees to restore $16,000 to pension plan following US Labor Department investigation • 11-746-ATL [07/18/2011]
  • US Department of Labor extends and aligns applicability dates for retirement plan fee disclosure rules • 11-1063-NAT [07/13/2011]
  • US Department of Labor obtains judgment to restore assets to employee benefit plan of defunct Sacramento, Calif., company • 11-972-SAN [07/06/2011]
  • US Department of Labor and Indiana Department of Insurance to offer free health law seminar July 20 and 21 [07/06/2011]

June

  • Solis v. JMN Consulting, Inc. and JMN Consulting, Inc. 401(k) P/S Plan involving the failure to terminate and distribute plan assets in Maple Grove, Minn. • 11-10-CHI [06/30/2011] • Complaint
  • US Labor Department files lawsuit alleging fiduciaries failed to remit contributions to The Trotter Construction Company, Inc. 401(K) Plan • 11-09-CHI [06/30/2011] • Complaint
  • US Labor Department sues Dowe and Wagner of Richmond, Ill., to restore more than $31,000 to company’s 401(k) plan for employees • 11-746-CHI [06/23/2011]
  • US Department of Labor and North Carolina Department of Insurance to offer free health law seminar June 28 and 29 [06/23/2011]
  • US Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council to hold July meeting • 11-955-NAT [06/22/2011]
  • US Labor Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration to host free Spanish-language retirement savings webcast June 22 [06/17/2011] • en español
  • Solis v. Joos Electrical Company involving Joos Electrical Co. 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan and Trust of Eagan, Minn. • 11-07-CHI [06/13/2011] • Complaint
  • Judgment secures independent fiduciary for plan of defunct Pittsburgh, Pa., company 11-063-PHI [06/13/2011] • Default Judgment
  • Texas union official sentenced for stealing from training and apprenticeship fund following US Labor Department investigation • 11-794-DAL [06/08/2011]

May

  • US Department of Labor to co-host free health law seminar June 7 and 8 in Dover, Del. [05/31/2011]
  • US Department of Labor to extend and align applicability dates for retirement plan fee disclosure rules • 11-775-NAT [05/31/2011]
  • US Department of Labor sues Stafford, Texas-based Paradigm Machine Works and owner to recover workers’ 401(k) contributions and payments • 11-728-DAL [05/23/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues defunct North Carolina mental health clinic to recover assets for 401(k) plan and have them distributed to plan participants • 11-735-ATL [05/23/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues former Fletcher, NC, ’s health plan • 11-685-ATL [05/23/2011]
  • US Department of Labor sues architectural design company ’s 401(k) plan • 11-684-ATL [05/23/2011]
  • EBSA hosts free online workshop May 24, 2011, on Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program [05/20/2011]
  • US Department of Labor obtains consent judgment to restore assets to benefit plan of defunct Clarks Summit, Pa., company • 11-727-PHI [05/16/2011]
  • Solis v. Thomas Keating involving failure to forward contributions to Mitchellace Inc. Employee Flexible Benefits Plan • 11-05-CHI [05/12/2011] • Complaint
  • US Labor Department sues trustee of defunct Mentor, Ohio, company to recover profit sharing plan assets • 11-562-CHI [05/11/2011]
  • Solis v. Ted Ayoub involving the Yamasaki Associates Inc. employee benefit plans in Troy, Mich. • 11-01-CHI [05/09/2011] • Complaint
  • US Labor Department sues Jendusa Engineering Associates of Hartland, Wis., to recover employee 401(k) contributions plus lost interest • 11-93-CHI [05/09/2011]
  • Grand Blanc, Mich.-based Graves Electric and owner to restore $20,000 to company’s retirement plan following US Labor Department investigation • 11-516-CHI [05/09/2011]
  • Financial services company to restore nearly $243,000 to 2 pension plans following US Labor Department investigations • 11-422-ATL [05/02/2011]

April

  • US Labor Department obtains order requiring Sparta, Wis.-based Quality Tool and Machine, president to restore more than $11,000 to retirement plan • 11-559-CHI [04/29/2011]
  • US Department of Labor sues owner of Racine, Wis.-based Kiernan Heating and Air Conditioning, to restore more than $19,000 to retirement plan • 11-572-CHI [04/28/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues defunct Grove City, Ohio-based Alliance Excavating and owner to distribute assets from company's retirement plan • 11-556-CHI [04/26/2011]
  • EBSA to host compliance assistance webcast on EFAST2 filing system [04/26/2011]
  • US Labor Department obtains order against Ohio-based Christopher Technologies and president to restore more than $37,000 to worker 401(k) plan • 11-342-CHI [04/20/2011]
  • US Department of Labor to co-host free health law seminar May 17 and 18 at University of Texas at Austin • 11-548-DAL [04/18/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues Stevensville, Mich.-based Metal Processors and owner to restore more than $16,000 to company’s 401(k) plan • 11-502-CHI [04/14/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues Northbrook, Ill.-based Family Care Management, trustees to distribute more than $124,000 in employee benefit plan assets • 11-475-CHI [04/14/2011]
  • US Department of Labor sues Minnesota-based Greeder Mondor Electric and owner to distribute assets from company's 401(k) plan to employees • 11-340-CHI [04/14/2011]
  • Judge orders Janesville, Wis.-based Premier Vending and company president to restore more than $31,000 in employee 401(k) contributions • 11-432-CHI [04/13/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues trustee of Cranston, RI, 401(k) plan to restore employee contributions • 11-451-BOS [04/12/2011]
  • Solis v. Metro Mechanical Systems, Inc. involving default judgment of Metro Mechanical Systems, Inc. in Fort Myers, Florida [04/11/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues Duluth, Ga., software services company to restore losses to 401(k) retirement plan participants and beneficiaries • 11-525-ATL [04/08/2011]
  • US Department of Labor obtains consent judgment requiring former president of defunct Dover, Del., printing company to restore assets to 401(k) plan • 11-355-PHI [04/06/2011]
  • US Labor Department seeks public comments on electronic disclosure by employee benefit plans • 11-483-NAT [04/06/2011]
  • Judge orders Columbus, Ind.-based Hoosier Foot & Ankle, owner to restore $18,000 to company 401(k) plan following Labor Department investigation • 11-431-CHI [04/04/2011]

March

  • Bay City, Mich.-based Independent Bank to restore $87,000 to 2 employee benefit plans following US Labor Department investigation • 11-417-CHI [03/29/2011]
  • US Labor Department obtains default judgment against Tacoma, Wash.-based company, owner to restore nearly $17,000 in retirement assets • 11-233-SEA [03/22/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues Virginia Beach, Va., construction company for failing to forward employee contributions to 401(k) plan • 11-373-PHI [03/22/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues Wisconsin-based B & K Builders and co-owners to recover nearly $18,000 for company’s 401(k) profit-sharing plan • 11-383-CHI [03/24/2011]
  • US Labor Department publishes amended class exemption expanding transactions involving assets managed by in-house asset managers [03/31/2011]
  • Department of Labor releases Affordable Care Act study on self-insured plans [03/30/2011]
  • US Department of Labor publishes public hearing transcript regarding proposed regulation on definition of fiduciary [03/28/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues Virginia Beach, Va., construction company for failing to forward employee contributions to 401(k) plan • 11-373-PHI [03/24/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues Merrillville, Ind.-based company, owner to recover nearly $9,000 in employee retirement contributions and interest • 11-331-CHI [03/23/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues Chicago-area investment firm and co-founder to recover more than $1 million for 5 pension plans • 11-329-CHI [03/22/2011]
  • US Labor Department obtains court-appointed independent fiduciary for employee retirement plan of defunct Philadelphia company • 11-390-PHI [03/21/2011]
  • US Labor Department to sponsor free webcasts March 23 and 24 to help employers, retirement plan fiduciaries, service providers comply with law • 11-388-NAT [03/21/2011]
  • US Department of Labor sues defunct Indiana company, owner to obtain assets for 401(k) plan and trust participants • 11-326-CHI [03/18/2011]
  • US Labor Department obtains court-appointed independent fiduciary for 401(k) plan abandoned by defunct Sherrill, NY, employer • 11-366-NEW [03/17/2011]
  • US Department of Labor sues Los Angeles-based healthcare group to recover retirement contributions and loan repayments owed to hospital workers • 11-243-SAN [03/16/2011]
  • US Department of Labor sues to distribute 401(k) account assets of Minneapolis-based Northland Inn • 11-361-CHI [03/16/2011]
  • Miami tool manufacturer agrees to restore more than $107,000 to company's pension profit sharing plan following US Labor Department investigation • 11-297-ATL [03/16/2011]
  • US Labor Department to hold public forum on automatic enrollment in large employer health plans [03/14/2011]
  • US Department of Labor obtains judgment restoring $18,000 to Burnsville, Minn.-based Slate Cement's health, dental and 401(k) plans • 11-322-CHI [03/14/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues trustee of defunct Maine company employee stock ownership plan to restore losses to the plan • 11-300-BOS [03/11/2011]
  • US Labor Department action recovers nearly $52,000 from trustees of Premier Properties USA 401(k) Plan • 10-1471-CHI [03/10/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues Wisconsin-based Coin Builders LLC and president to recover more than $1.3 million for company's profit-sharing plan • 11-279-CHI [03/09/2011]
  • US Department of Labor announces extension of public hearing record on proposed regulation on definition of fiduciary [03/08/2011]

February

  • US Labor Department obtains court judgment against executive of Oklahoma aircraft manufacturer for misuse of employee benefit plan premiums • 11-253-DAL [02/28/2011]
  • Morrow, Ohio-based third-party plan administrator pleads guilty to embezzlement of $1 million from retirement plan clients • 11-228-CHI [02/23/2011]
  • US Department of Labor to host free webcast Feb. 23 on retirement savings options for small businesses and plan providers • 11-221-NAT [02/17/2011]
  • Connecticut court rules pension trustees legally liable to restore misused pension plan assets in response to US Labor Department motion • 11-219-BOS [02/17/2011]
  • US Department of Labor announces intention to extend applicability date of section 408(b)(2) fee disclosure regulation [02/11/2011]
  • US Labor Department obtains court-appointed independent fiduciary for retirement plan of defunct Charleston, W.Va., mental hospital • 11-141-PHI [02/09/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues Pittsburgh manufacturing company to protect 401(k) plan participants • 11-139-PHI [02/09/2011]
  • US Labor Department obtains judgment restoring nearly $194,000 to New Castle, Del., company's 401(k) plan • 11-91-PHI [02/07/2011]
  • US Department of Labor's ERISA Advisory Council to hold Feb. 28 teleconference [02/03/2011]

January

  • US Labor Department obtains court-appointed independent fiduciary for 401(k) plan of defunct Westerly, RI, company • 11-87-BOS [01/25/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues Janesville, Wis.-based Premier Vending Inc. and president to recover more than $26,000 in employee 401(k) contributions • 11-54-CHI [01/19/2011]
  • Judge orders Minnesota-based Copy Cat Business Systems and former owners to repay more than $13,000 to company's SIMPLE IRA plan • 11-43-CHI [01/18/2011]
  • US Labor Department obtains court-appointed independent fiduciary for 401(k) plan of defunct Canton, Mass., company • 10-1613-BOS [01/13/2011]
  • Austin, Texas-based HBMG to restore workers' 401(k) contributions • 11-1803-DAL [01/12/2011]
  • US Labor Department obtains consent judgment protecting 401(k) assets of former Raleigh, NC-based human resources company • 11-10-ATL [01/12/2011]
  • US Department of Labor announces a public hearing on proposed definition of fiduciary regulation [01/11/2011]
  • US Department of Labor sues defunct Minnesota land clearing company and owners to recover retirement plan assets • 11-33-CHI [01/11/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues defunct Portland, Maine, company and former owner to recover misused retirement plan assets • 10-1712-BOS [01/07/2011]
  • Assistant Secretary of Labor Phyllis C. Borzi to host teleconference on America's health care coverage • 11-32-NAT [01/07/2011]
  • US Labor Department sues defunct Cranbury, NJ, company to protect 401(k) plan participants • 10-1796-NEW [01/06/2011]
  • US Labor Department obtains order to restore more than $600,000 to Southern California company's employee stock ownership plan • 10-1802-SAN [01/06/2011]
  • US Department of Labor publishes 2010 Form M-1 for multiple employer welfare arrangements • 11-12-NAT [01/06/2011]
  • US Labor Department obtains judgment restoring nearly $34,000 in misused assets to 401(k) plan of Newton, Mass., salon • 10-1404-BOS [01/03/2011]

Archived News Release — Caution: Information may be out of date.