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$24 Million Settlement of BB&T ERISA Class Action Receives Final Approval

On May 6, 2019, Judge Catherine C. Eagles of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina entered an order approving a $24 million settlement of a case brought by Schlichter Bogard & Denton on behalf of participants in the BB&T Corporation 401(k) plan. The lawsuit alleged, among other things, that the […]

Third Circuit Reinstates ERISA Class Action Brought by Schlichter Bogard & Denton on Behalf of University of Pennsylvania Retirement Plan Participants

On May 2, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reinstated an ERISA class action against the University of Pennsylvania handled by Schlichter Bogard & Denton.  In the case, workers and retirees alleged that the defendants allowed excessive fees to be charged and included high cost and poorly performing investment options in the […]

Wall Street Journal: Vanderbilt Settlement Handled by Schlichter Bogard & Denton at Forefront of New Retirement Plan Battleground

On May 8, 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported that cases handled by Schlichter Bogard & Denton are at the forefront of a new litigation battleground—the marketing of financial products and services using retirement plan participants’ confidential personal information.  According to the article, as retirement plan fees have fallen, asset managers and recordkeepers have sought to make up lost […]

Schlichter Bogard & Denton Reaches Preliminary $14.5 Million Settlement on Behalf of Vanderbilt Retirement Plan Participants

On April 22, 2019, a class of current and former Vanderbilt University retirement plan participants represented by Schlichter Bogard & Denton filed a motion for preliminary approval of a $14.5 million settlement in an ERISA fiduciary breach case. Employees and retirees had alleged, among other things, that Vanderbilt’s retirement plan overcharged participants and offered poorly […]

$23.65 Million Anthem 401(k) Settlement Receives Preliminary Approval

On April 9, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted preliminary approval of a $23.65 settlement in a case handled by Schlichter Bogard & Denton regarding the Anthem 401(k) plan.  The case, filed in 2015, alleged that the plan’s fiduciaries violated their duties to plan participants by including underperforming and […]

Schlichter Bogard & Denton Achieves Historic $55 Million Settlement in Case against ABB

On March 28, 2019, Schlichter Bogard & Denton announced a $55 million settlement in a long-running class action against ABB, Inc.

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear USC’s Appeal in Case Handled by Schlichter Bogard & Denton

On February 19, 2019, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in an ERISA case, preserving the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision that plaintiffs did not have to arbitrate their claims.

Jerry Schlichter Interviewed Regarding How Retirement Plans Have Changed as the Result of Schlichter Bogard & Denton’s Work

On February 1, 2019, the St. Louis Business Journal profiled Jerome Schlichter, managing partner of Schlichter Bogard & Denton, in a piece titled

Schlichter Bogard & Denton Obtains Class Certification in Anthem 401(k) Case

On January 24, 2019, an Indiana federal judge certified two subclasses of Anthem 401(k) retirement plan participants, allowing the plaintiffs to proceed with their excessive fee claims on a class-wide basis.

Schlichter Bogard & Denton Reaches Preliminary $10.65 Million Settlement on Behalf of Duke University Retirement Plan Participants

On January 16, 2019, Schlichter Bogard & Denton filed a motion for preliminary approval of a settlement reached on behalf of Duke University employees and retirees in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Law360 Features Article by Jerome Schlichter on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Landmark Tibble v. Edison Decision

Law 360 has featured an article written by Jerome Schlichter, founder and managing partner of Schlichter Bogard & Denton, entitled High Court’s Tibble Opinion Matters Now More Than Ever.

Schlichter Bogard & Denton Obtains Preliminary $24 Million Settlement for BB&T Retirement Plan Participants

On November 30, 2018, participants in the BB&T Bank 401(k) plan, represented by Schlichter Bogard & Denton, filed a motion for preliminary settlement approval with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The case, which alleged breach of fiduciary duty under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), was settled after three […]

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Recognizes Schlichter Bogard & Denton’s Role in Reducing 401(k) Plan Fees

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published an article chronicling the history of section 401(k), which notes, among other things, that 401(k) plans have “improved a lot since the early years,” in part because of class action lawsuits brought by Schlichter Bogard & Denton.

Class of Columbia University Retirement Plan Participants Certified by Court

On Thursday, November 15, District Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York certified a class of approximately 24,000 Columbia University retirement plan participants in a lawsuit brought by Schlichter Bogard & Denton.

Vanderbilt University Retirement Plan Excessive Fee Suit Granted Class Certification

On Tuesday October 23, a Tennessee federal judge granted class certification in an ERISA suit brought by Schlichter Bogard & Denton on behalf of participants in a 403(b) plan sponsored by Vanderbilt University.

Plaintiffs Represented by Schlichter Bogard & Denton Prevail on Motion to Dismiss Case Involving Allegations of Poisoning of Peruvian Children

In a significant ruling in the longstanding case involving the alleged poisoning of hundreds of Peruvian children, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri has decided in favor of plaintiffs

Court Certifies Class of MIT Retirement Plan Participants

On Friday, October 19, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton granted up to 16,000 MIT employees and retirees certification in their ERISA suit against Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The certified class will include all participants and beneficiaries in the MIT Supplemental 401(k) Plan from August 9, 2010 until the date of judgment, excluding Defendants.

Federal Court Approves $17 Million Settlement in Philips North America 401(k) Excessive Fee Suit

Schlichter Bogard & Denton has secured a $17 million settlement with Philips North America on behalf of participants in the company’s 401(k) retirement plan, which has more than $3 billion.

Retirement Fee Case Brought By Schlichter Bogard & Denton on Behalf of Cornell Retirement Plan Participants Will Be Jury Trial

A federal court will allow an ERISA excessive fee action brought by Schlichter Bogard & Denton on behalf of participants in two Cornell University retirement plans to proceed to a jury.

Court Certifies Class of Emory University Retirement Plan Participants

On Thursday, September 13, U.S. District Judge Charles A. Parnell, Jr. granted up to 45,000 Emory employees and retirees certification in their ERISA suit against Emory University.

Academic Report Attributes Reduced Retirement Plan Fees to Litigation Spearheaded by Schlichter Bogard & Denton

In May, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College issued a report titled 401(k) Lawsuits: What Are The Causes and Consequences? 

Schlichter Bogard & Denton Secures $17 Million Settlement in 401(k) Excessive Fee Suit Against Philips North America

Schlichter Bogard & Denton has secured a $17 million settlement with Philips North America on behalf ofthousands of participants in the company’s 401(k) retirement plan.

Schlichter Bogard & Denton Obtains $5 Million Verdict for Injured Railroad Worker

Following a week-long trial in Greene County, Missouri, Schlichter Bogard & Denton attorneys Nelson Wolff and Mark beatty on April 27, 2018 obtained a $5 million verdict on behalf of Jamie Mitchell against the BNSF Railway Company. Mitchell was injured on August 27, 2015 while working as a conductor in BNSF’s Springfield Yard. He was […]

Rachel Harris Appointed to Plantiff’s Steering Committee in Eliquis Products Liability Litigation

Schlichter Bogard & Denton is pleased to announce that Rachel Harris has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) in the Eliquis (Apixaban) Products Liability Litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (MDL 2754, Case Management Order 1). The presiding judge, The Honorable Denise Cote, selected Rachel to help lead […]

Ashley Brittain Landers Appointed to Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in Invokana Products Liability Litigation

Schlichter Bogard & Denton is pleased to announce that Ashley Brittain Landers has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) in the Invokana (Canagliflozin) Products Liability Litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (MDL 2750, Case Management Order 2). The presiding judge, The Honorable Brian Martinotti, selected Ashley to co-lead this […]

Invokana Patients Seek to Consolidate in Multidistrict Litigation

On Sept. 22, 2016 patients who suffered kidney failure, ketoacidosis, or a heart condition after taking the popular type 2 diabetes medications Invokana and Invokamet requested that the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidate at least 56 lawsuits in New Jersey federal court. Patients across the country have filed lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & […]

Schlichter Bogard & Denton Attorneys Jerry Schlichter and Nelson Wolff Recognized in 2017 Edition of “Best Lawyers in America”

Schlichter Bogard & Denton partners Jerry Schlichter and Nelson Wolff have both once again been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of “Best Lawyers in America.” The publication utilizes a peer-review process to recognize excellent lawyers throughout the country.  Jerry and Nelson have received recognition in “Best Lawyers in America” for several years. For further […]

Nelson Wolff Selected as a Missouri Premier 100 Trial Attorney

The National Academy of Jurisprudence recently selected Schlichter Bogard & Denton attorney Nelson Wolff as a Missouri “Premier 100” trial attorney. The National Academy of Jurisprudence is one of the nation’s leading communities of trial attorneys, and designation as a “Premier 100” trial attorney is reserved for attorneys who met stringent qualifications. Nelson was also named a 2016 National Top […]

Roger Denton and Kristine Kraft Appointed to Leadership Counsel for Just for Men Mass Tort Litigation

On July 7, 2016, Honorable Judge David Herndon of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, who is presiding over the Just for Men® Mass Tort Litigation, (Case no. 3:16-cv-00638-DRH Master Docket), appointed Schlichter Bogard & Denton attorneys Roger Denton and Kristine Kraft to leadership positions in the litigation (Case no. […]

Nelson Wolff Named 2016 National Top 100 Trial Lawyer

For the third consecutive year, Schlichter Bogard & Denton partner Nelson Wolff has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers.  This recognition is the result of, among other things, Nelson’s numerous recent successes at trial, including multiple recent record-breaking results. Nelson has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in […]

Jerry Schlichter Receives Influential Lawyer Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Missouri Lawyers Weekly has awarded Schlichter Bogard & Denton managing partner Jerry Schlichter its “Influential Lawyer” award.  The publication recognized Jerry for, among other things, his precedent-setting 401(k) work, and also noted his work on behalf of victims of race- and gender-based discrimination. In describing the work Jerry has done in excessive-fee 401(k) cases, the paper quoted Yale Law […]


Press Release Schlichter Bogard & Denton 09/23/2014 In a case involving laws unique to federal maritime practice, a $1.6 million settlement has been reached and approved by a federal court on July 10, 2014. On December 17, 2011, Christopher Mink was killed while working as a deckhand for C&B Marine on the M/V Anna C […]

Schlichter Bogard & Denton Attorney Michael Wolff Obtains Significant Appellate Victory in Railroad Injury Case

Schlichter Bogard & Denton attorney Michael Wolff has obtained an important victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on behalf of an injured railroad worker.  The victory has significant implications for cases brought by railroad workers under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (“FELA”). The case involved the question of whether lost-wages damages awarded to […]

Schlichter Bogard & Denton’s Record $12.5 Million Railroad Injury Verdict Becomes Final After U.S. Supreme Court Refuses Review

The United States Supreme Court last week declined to review Schlichter Bogard & Denton’s record $12.5 million jury verdict on behalf of former BNSF employee Michael Bolen. The verdict is the highest reported jury verdict for a worker against that railroad and is reportedly the largest verdict ever in the County in which the case was tried.  […]

Mariner Loses Foot in Gruesome Towing Accident: 12-Hour Rule Violation Proven in Court

National Mariners Association 11/02/2011 Letter to the Association from Nelson G. Wolff  [emphasis added by National Mariners Association] Richard A. Block National Mariners Association 124 North Van Ave. Houma, LA 70363 Re: Kenneth Mercer v. Chem Carriers Towing, LLC Dear Richard: I am providing you with some information concerning this significant maritime injury/safety case and […]

$700,000 Settlement for Bluegrass Marine Worker

Schlichter Bogard & Denton 01/10/2008 In June of 2007, Schlichter Bogard & Denton, in a case handled by Nelson Wolff, obtained a settlement valued at approximately $700,000 for Chief towboat engineer Charles Blaine, Jr., who suffered back injuries while working for Bluegrass Marine. Blaine was hurt while working on a tow boat on the Mississippi […]

$650,000 Settlement Obtained for Family of 18 year old ACBL Deckhand Crushed during Accident

Schlichter Bogard & Denton 01/10/2008 Joseph Hulen was a deckhand for American Commercial Barge Lines (ACBL) on a tow boat when he was killed on November 2, 2002. He was survived by his parents. Joe had hoped to follow in his father’s footsteps as an engineer. The incident occurred on the Ohio River, between Illinois […]