Todd Schneider Discusses ERISA with Law360

Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky partner Todd Schneider sat down with Emily Brill at Law360, to answer questions on the state of ERISA and class action litigation in 2020.

Schneider Wallace’s ERISA claims against both Verizon and AT&T were recently certified, and Todd answered questions on what types of cases to bring, what skills are needed as a plaintiff attorney, Schneider Wallace’s recent victories in the Eighth Circuit, and the Supreme Court’s ERISA rulings.

The questions:

  • How do you think workers’ and retirees’ interests fared in ERISA cases at the Supreme Court this year?
  • Are you concerned about the defense bar’s efforts to limit ERISA litigation? Which, if any, of their arguments scare you?
  • Do you feel that workers are still free to file, and prevail in, ERISA class actions? I know that just within the past few months, you’ve gotten two massive classes certified in ERISA suits against Verizon and AT&T.
  • I want to talk about two notable wins in the Eighth Circuit that you’ve had over the past year. The first: the court’s decision to revive the fee claims in the Washington University in St. Louis suit. Can we talk about the significance of that?
  • What types of ERISA cases are you watching right now? Why?
  • What kind of cases do you expect to see more of?
  • What skills do you think a person needs to have to be a benefits plaintiffs’ attorney? 

To see Todd’s answers, check out the Q&A at Law360. To learn more about ERISA and 401(k) benefits disputes, schedule a claims assessment with our knowledgeable employee benefits lawyers at Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky.