BlackRock Accused of Breaches in Management of its 401(k) Plan

BlackRock Fiduciary Breach with people writing down points

A number of financial services companies have been the targets of lawsuits over alleged fiduciary breaches in their own 401(k) plans where the plan offers only the sponsor’s proprietary investment products. This is a longstanding and common industry practice. Such suits are now pending against over a dozen firms.

The latest suit is against BlackRock, the world’s largest investment manager with over $5 trillion in assets.¹ Plaintiffs accuse BlackRock of self-dealing in offering only its own products which the plaintiffs allege are expensive and have underperformed.

Current status of lawsuits pending against firms in the financial services industry²:

Great West Great West prevailed
Principal Financial Settled for $3 million
New York Life Settled for $3 million
TIAA In negotiations
Fidelity Settled for $12 million
Schwab Motion filed to compel arbitration
Franklin Templeton Motion to dismiss denied
American Century Motion to dismiss denied
Deutsche Bank Motion to dismiss denied
Putnam Class action certified
  1. As of 06/30/2017
  2.  COLLECTED WISDOM on Court and Legal Actions Related to Retirement Plans

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