Ropes & Gray Attorneys Secure Dismissal of Putative ERISA Class Action Against the Tribune Company
A Ropes & Gray litigation team recently secured the dismissal of a putative class-action lawsuit brought under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) against The Tribune Company, one of Tribune’s pension plans, and Tribune’s employee benefits committee.
On Aug. 26, Ropes & Gray filed a motion to dismiss, arguing first that the plaintiffs failed to exhaust their administrative remedies by filing suit without first presenting their claims to the plan administrator, and second, that the plaintiffs failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. On Sept. 3, the plaintiffs filed a notice of voluntary dismissal and withdrew their complaint.
The team was led by tax & benefits partner Loretta Richard and labor & employment partner Jeffrey Webb.