ERISA Litigation On Rise Amid Recession Fallout

By Allison Grande (April 16, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT) -- Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation continues to be a growth area in the employment arena, with the continued fallout from the economic recession, the emergence of a new generation of retirees and the eagerness of the plaintiffs bar combining to generate an increase in federal ERISA filings in early 2010.

A Law360 analysis of federal court cases revealed that 2,327 cases were filed in U.S. district courts during the first quarter of 2010, a 5.1 percent increase from fourth-quarter 2009, which saw 2,214 ERISA cases and a 2.9 percent increase from first-quarter 2009, when district courts fielded 2,260 cases....

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