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Press release:

Court Orders International Association of Machinists to Restore $200K to Pension Plan, Pay $40K in Penalties After DOL Lawsuit

Issued by: Employee Benefits Security Administration [EBSA], U.S. Department of Labor

Date: July 21, 2016

Date of Action: July 19, 2016

Type of Action: Consent judgment and order

Names of Defendants: ďNational Pension Plan,Ē also known as the International Association of Machinistsí National Pension Fund

Gary Allen, Thomas Connery, Philip Gruber, Warren Mart, Robert Martinez Jr.

Alfred Nelson, Robert Roach, Burton Trebour and Lynn Tucker

Allegations: An investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration found that the National Pension Fund defendants violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act  and breached their fiduciary duties by:

  • Failing to select fund service providers loyally and prudently, including consultants and fund investment managers.
  • Ignoring required procedures included in the fundís governing plan documents regularly.
  • Creating conflicts of interest for the fund.
  • Unlawfully soliciting and accepting gratuities from plan service providers.
  • Spending and permitting others to spend fund assets lavishly on unnecessary trips, parties and extravagant food, wine and accommodations.
Resolution: A settlement agreement ordered the defendants to repay $200,000 to the fund and pay $40,000 in civil money penalties. The order also requires the plan trustees to take the following actions to protect fund participants from future violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act:
  • Within 30 days of entry of the order, adopt the new manager and consultant selection policy, which mandates that the plan trustees use a three-part search process for selecting an investment consultant or investment manager.
  • Engage in a new search process for a new general investment consultant for the fund, and hire an independent search consultant to conduct a comprehensive and objective request for proposal process for this search.
  • Amend the fundís code of conduct and ethics to prohibit the same person from acting as both an investment consultant and investment manager for the fund.
  • Amend the fundís record retention policy to hold records relating to the hiring or firing of any investment consultant or manager for six years.
Court: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Docket Number: 16-cv-120-RBW


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