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    ERISA, Disability and Pension Disputes

    MANY PEOPLE RELY UPON BENEFITS PROVIDED BY THEIR EMPLOYER WHEN MAKING A MYRIAD OF IMPORTANT DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR LIVES.

    Some examples of these important decisions include decisions about when to retire, how to plan for their own and their children’s education, how to plan for any future long-term health needs and how to financially plan for retirement with investments and otherwise. As a result of the important impact that employer sponsored retirement plans have on commerce, Congress enacted the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), 29 U.S.C. 1001, et. seq, in part, to ensure that employees receive sufficient information about their rights under employee benefit plans to make well-informed employment and retirement decisions.

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    ERISA provides a detailed legislative scheme that requires disclosure of information and documents to employees about the nature of their employee benefit plans. It also establishes fiduciary duties with respect to the administration of such plans. Sometimes employers give false or misleading information about employee retirement plans that results in financial harm to the employee and his or her family who relied upon the incorrect information. When that happens, a claim can sometimes be brought under ERISA to compensate those harmed.

    ERISA allows for only certain individuals to bring an action to enforce their rights under its provisions.

    A person must be a beneficiary or participant to bring some actions to enforce rights under an ERISA plan. This means that only a beneficiary or participant of a plan may have legal standing to bring the claim to enforce rights under the ERISA plan. For the most part, people who are at risk of losing their benefits entirely should take legal action before they lose the benefits, while they are still beneficiaries or participants in the employer’s plan.

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    Attorney Cliff Rieders

    Attorney Cliff RiedersCliff Rieders is a Nationally Board Certified Trial Lawyer practicing personal injury law. A large part of his practice involves multi-district litigation, including cases related to pharmaceuticals, vitamin supplements and medical devices. He is admitted in several state and federal courts, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. Rieders is the past regional president of the Federal Bar Association and is a life member of the distinguished American Law Institute, which promulgates proposed rules adopted by many state courts. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. As a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, he served on the Board for 15 years.

    Not only has Rieders held many highly esteemed, leadership positions, he authored legislation related to the Patient Safety Authority and the Mcare Act, which governs medical and hospital liability actions in Pennsylvania. He authored texts upon which both practitioners and judges rely, including Pennsylvania Malpractice Laws and Forms, and Financial Responsibility Law Issues in Pennsylvania, the latter governing auto and truck collisions in Pennsylvania. In addition, he wrote several books on the practice of law in Pennsylvania regarding wrongful death and survivor actions, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice claims and worker rights, among others. Rieders also serves as a resource to practitioners as a regular speaker for Celesq, an arm of the world’s largest legal publisher, Thomson Reuters West Publishing.

    As recognition of his wide range of contribution to his profession and of his dedication to protecting the rights of his clients, he received numerous awards, among them the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, the Milton D. Rosenberg Award, the B’nai B’rith Justice Award, and awards of recognition from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. [ Attorney Bio ]

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