Levin Law Casts a Wide Litigation Net

March 25, 2009 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - A Houston law firm has cast a wide net looking for participants who are looking to sue their employers for a breach of their fiduciary duty.

According to a press release Levin Law, which describes itself as a class action law firm, has launched a nationwide investigation on behalf of employees whose employers have breached their ERISA fiduciary duties to participants of the company’s employee retirement, pension or 401(k) plans. The press release notes that “breaches occur when the company fiduciaries fail to manage the assets of the retirement plan properly by investing in company stock when it is no longer a prudent investment for participants’ retirement savings.”

Now, such so-called “stock drop” suits have gotten to be relatively common, as has the process of an “investigation” of the possibility of the aforementioned fiduciary breach ahead of the actual filing of a lawsuit, ostensibly based on the results of the investigation. Additionally, there are a number of firms that specialize in such ERISA litigation as a significant part of their practice.

However, Levin Law has targeted what appears to be an extraordinarily long list of firms that it describes as “under investigation” by the firm, many of which are already under investigation by other firms following a precipitous drop in stock price.

Whether anything comes of any of these or not remains to be seen. But Doron Levin, who states that he “does not represent defendant corporations, insurance companies or employers”, cites case work in:

  • the pharmaceutical liability arena that includes the representation of thousands of clients in their various defective drug and product claims.
  • employment law, including the representation of clients in their class action pursuit of unpaid overtime and wage claims and layoff notice claims under the WARN Act.

He also notes that his “consumer and securities class action practice includes ERISA breach of fiduciary duty claims as well as defective consumer products”, and that he “also devotes a portion of his practice to representing those affected by hurricanes and other disasters”.

“Current or former employee participants” in any of the aforementioned retirement or 401(k) plans are encouraged to “contact Levin Law at www.law29.com or toll free 1.888.93.law29 (or 1.888.935.2929) for answers to questions and information regarding legal rights and options”.

American Express

Bank of America

ExxonMobil Corporation

Fannie Mae / Federal National Mortgage Association

General Growth Properties, Inc.

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

ING Groep NV / ING Bank & Trust

Lincoln National Corporation / Lincoln National Insurance Co.

McGraw-Hills Companies, Inc. / Standard & Poor's

PFF Bancorp, Inc. / PFF Bank & Trust

Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

The PMI Group, Inc.

Emerson Electric Co.

Penske Truck Leasing, Inc

Pfizer Inc

Fruit of the Loom, Inc.

Nike, Inc.

Sprint Corp

Motorola Corp

Northern Trust

May Department Stores

On-Cor Frozen Foods

Flint Ink

Anson Indus

Marathon Electric


Protective Life

Autoliv Asp

McGraw Hill

Sun Chemical







Phillips Electronics

Lockheed Martin

Cummins Inc

Embarq Corp

International Brotherhood of Painters


Snap-On Tools



WR Grace


Federal Express