Cited in Governance Article

Journalist Rachel McMurdie addresses the relationship between good pension governance and litigation events. In “Investing in Good Governance: Subprime-Related Losses Stir Up the Conversation,” the January 2008 issue of The Institutional Real Estate Newsletter credits Pension Governance, LLC founder, Dr. Susan Mangiero, as saying “People must pay closer attention to the proper identification, measurement and management of investment risks. That includes making inquiries about how their fund managers deal with risk, how they value thinly traded securities and the extent to which they employ leverage.” ERISA attorney Steve Rosenberg with The McCormick Firm” predicts more lawsuits. “The problem we’re seeing consistently is that [pension funds] don’t do sufficient investigation.” He adds “They don’t bring in sufficient expertise and they get blind-sided.” Reference is made to, notably the large number of cases being added each quarter. Click here to read the article. Debuts 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 better practices.

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Withdrawal Liability Litigation Takes Center Stage

In a new article published by, analysts describe an increase in litigation relating to multiemployer plan withdrawals. Under current rules, an employer seeking to exit must continue payments to the plan to help fund its obligation to pay vested benefits. Cases making their way through the legal system allege employer failure to comply in paying a proportionate share of what is owed. Click here to read about this important topic.