Plan Sponsor Sued Over $6 Million Paid to Broker

By Thomas E. Clark, Jr. JD, LLM

On March 12, 2014, a class action ERISA lawsuit, Kruger v. Novant Health, Inc., was filed in the Middle District of North Carolina by a group of current and former participants in two 401(k) plans sponsored by Novant Health, Inc., a major hospital system in the southeast. The plaintiffs allege that the plans’ fiduciaries violated ERISA by (1) allowing excessive fees to be paid to the plans’ broker, D.L. Davis & Company, Inc., (2) allowing excessive fees to be paid to the plans’ recordkeeper Great West, and (3) including more expensive share classes for all of the plans’ mutual funds. In 2012, the plans’ combined assets totaled $1.42 billion with about 25,000 participants.

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