Prior Successes

GLF has successfully concluded a significant number of the cases it has filed. Among the Firm's successes:

  • A pension miscalculation case against Colgate-Palmolive Company alleging that Colgate violated the law’s anti-excessive “backloading” requirements and anti-forfeiture requirements in calculating employees’ pensions. GLF together with co-counsel recovered $45 million for approximately 8,000 current and former Colgate-Palmolive employees. The case, filed in 2007, settled in 2014.
  • A lump sum underpayment case against S.C. Johnson & Sons, Inc. retirement plan and a spin-off company plan challenging the manner in which the two otherwise identical plans calculated retiring or terminating employees’ lump sum pay-outs. The class won significant rulings from the trial court in 2010, the court of appeals in 2011 and, after remand, the trial court again in 2012. While on appeal again to the Seventh Circuit, the case settled in 2014 for nearly $45 million and is awaiting approval by the court.
  • A benefit miscalculation case against Meriter Health Services, Inc., a Madison, Wisconsin hospital and its pension plan challenging the legality, under the terms of the plan and/or under ERISA, of the defendants’ method for calculating benefits under the plan’s indexed-annuity-based formula. Despite the fact that the district court granted summary judgment to the defense on significant aspects of plaintiffs’ case, GLF’s tenacious pursuit on the case on behalf of the approximately 6,000 member class results in an $82 million settlement, awaiting approval by the court.
  • A lump sum underpayment case against Alliant Energy that went to trial in 2010 with favorable rulings obtained for the class in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Those rulings were substantially affirmed by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 2013 and resulted in additional payouts totaling approximately $20 million.
  • A pension plan lump sum underpayment case against Wisconsin Energy Corp. GLF recovered $45 million for approximately 3,000 former Wisconsin Energy employees in that case, settled in 2012.
  • A pension plan lump sum underpayment case against The Turner Construction Co., one of the largest building services providers in the country. GLF recovered $14.5 million for approximately 2,500 former Turner employees in that case, settled in 2011.
  • A pension plan lump sum underpayment case against Avnet, the largest distributors of electronic components in the country. GLF recovered $34 million for approximately 4,500 former Avnet employees in that case, settled in 2010.
  • A pension plan lump sum underpayment case against one of the country's leading law firms, Skadden, Arps. GLF recovered $12.4 million recovered on behalf of more than 1,000 former Skadden Arps employees in that case, settled in 2009.
 
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