Christopher Tinari and Michael Miller Prevail in ERISA Lawsuit in the United States Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Dwyer-Self vs. Prudential Insurance, et al. (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania) – Members of the Margolis Edelstein Labor and Employment Team, Christopher A. Tinari and Michael R. Miller, successfully obtained dismissal of all claims brought against their client, Waukesha Peace Industries, Inc. Group Long Term Disability Plan. Within the case, Plaintiff argued that our client violated its fiduciary duties and responsibilities provided by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). We successfully argued, among other defenses, that the Plan does not owe any fiduciary duties independent from those already delegated to its administrator. On March 30, 2016, Judge Gerald A. McHugh agreed and dismissed our client from the action. This result saved the client an exponential amount of fees and costs, as dismissal was obtained via Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) and before the client was forced to engage in discovery and trial.