The Atlanta Business Chronicle (via MSNBC News) has an article on the proliferation of ERISA class actions by employees being filed in the wake of similar securities class actions by shareholders. BellSouth and Scientific-Atlanta are two companies facing this situation. The 10b-5 Daily has commented on the issues raised by these parallel ERISA suits.
Quote of note: “The lawsuits are among the first in what could be many by members of company retirement plans, who, under federal law, can sue their employers more easily than average shareholders. Such lawsuits have already prompted some companies to extricate themselves from the process of overseeing their retirement plans.”