This page provides the answers to class members’ most frequently asked questions.

The information provided is in summary form and is not intended as a complete explanation of your rights. For full and complete information, you are directed to review carefully the Notice of Class Action Settlement.

About The Settlement

What is this lawsuit about?

The Action claims that under ERISA, the Defendants owed fiduciary duties of care and prudence to the Plan and that they violated those duties in connection with the selection and monitoring of the Plan’s investment options and service providers.

Defendants deny all of the claims and allegations made in the Action and deny that they ever engaged in any wrongful conduct.

Why is there a Settlement?

As in any litigation, all parties face an uncertain outcome. On the one hand, continuation of the case against the Defendants could result in a judgment greater than this Settlement. On the other hand, continuing the case could result in Plaintiffs obtaining no recovery at all or obtaining a recovery that is less than the amount of the Settlement. Based on these factors, the Named Plaintiffs and Class Counsel have concluded that the proposed Settlement is in the best interests of all Settlement Class members.

What does the Settlement provide?

Provided that the Settlement becomes Final, a Settlement Fund consisting of $1,750,000.00 will be established in the Action. The amount of money that will be allocated among members of the Settlement Class, after the payment of any taxes and Court-approved costs, fees, and expenses, including attorneys’ fees and expenses of Class Counsel, any Court-approved Case Contribution Awards to be paid to the Named Plaintiffs, and payment of expenses incurred in calculating the Settlement payments and administering the Settlement, is called the Net Settlement Amount. The Net Settlement Amount will not be known until these other amounts are quantified and deducted. The Net Settlement Amount will be allocated to members of the Settlement Class according to a Plan of Allocation to be approved by the Court. The Plan of Allocation describes how Settlement payments will be distributed to Settlement Class members who receive a payment. If the Settlement is approved by the Court, all Settlement Class members and anyone claiming through them shall be deemed to fully release the Released Parties from Released Claims.

This is only a summary of the Released Parties and Released Claims, and is not a binding description of either. The governing releases are found within the Settlement Agreement Generally, the release means that Class Members will not have the right to sue the Plan, Defendants, or related parties for conduct during the Class Period arising out of or relating to the allegations in the lawsuit. The entire Settlement Agreement is available here.

How much will my distribution be?

Each Settlement Class member’s share will be calculated according to a Court-approved Plan of Allocation by a third-party vendor (“Settlement Administrator”) selected by Class Counsel. You are not required to calculate the amount you may be entitled to receive under the Settlement as the Settlement Administrator will do so under the Plan of Allocation. In general, your proportionate share of the Settlement will be calculated as follows:

  • First, the Settlement Administrator will obtain balances for each Settlement Class member in their Plan accounts as of December 31, 2014, and on December 31 of each subsequent year of the Class Period up to and including 2021. For 2022, June 30 will be used. Each Class Member’s account balances for each year of the Class Period based on the account balances as of these dates will be summed. This summed amount will be that Class Member’s “Balance.”
  • Second, the Balance for all Class Members will be summed.
  • Third, each Class Member will receive a share of the Net Settlement Amount in proportion to the sum of that Class Member’s Balance as compared to the sum of the Balance for all Class Members, i.e. where the numerator is the Class Member’s Balance and the denominator is the sum of all Class Members’ Balances.
  • The amounts resulting from this initial calculation will be known as the Preliminary Entitlement Amount. Class Members who are entitled to a distribution of less than $10.00 will receive a distribution of $10.00 (the “De Minimis Amount”) from the Net Settlement Amount. In other words, the Settlement Administrator shall progressively increase Class Members’ awards falling below the De Minimis Amount until the lowest participating Class Member award is the De Minimis Amount, i.e. $10.00. The resulting calculation shall be the Final Entitlement Amount for each Class Member. The sum of the Final Entitlement Amount for each Class Member will equal the dollar amount of the Net Settlement Amount.

How can I receive my distribution?

You do not need to file a claim. The Entitlement Amount for Settlement Class members with an Active Account (an account with a positive balance) as of June 30, 2022 (unless that Plan account is closed prior to distribution of Settlement proceeds, in which case that Class Member will receive their allocation via a check) will be paid into the Plan. Former Participants will be paid directly by the Settlement Administrator by check.

When will I get my payment?

The Settlement cannot be completed unless and until several events occur. These events include final approval of the Settlement by the Court, approval of the Settlement by an independent fiduciary to the Plan, transfer of the Net Settlement Amount to the Plan, and calculation of the amount of the Settlement owed to each Settlement Class member. If objections are made to the Settlement or appeals are taken by objectors who oppose the approval of the Settlement, this process may take a long time to complete, possibly several years.

There will be no payments if the Settlement Agreement is terminated.

Can I get out of the Settlement?

You do not have the right to exclude yourself from the Settlement. The Settlement Agreement provides for certification of the Settlement Class as a non-opt-out class action under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b) (1), and the Court has preliminarily determined that the requirements of that rule have been satisfied. Thus, it is not possible for any Settlement Class members to exclude themselves from the Settlement. As a Settlement Class member, you will be bound by any judgments or orders that are entered in the Action for all claims that were or could have been asserted in the Action or are otherwise released under the Settlement.