Filing a Federal Lawsuit Under ERISA

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When Can a Federal Lawsuit Be Filed Under ERISA?

Through the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Department of Labor ensures that pension plans are adequately managed. To enforce the provisions of ERISA, you can file an enforcement lawsuit in a federal court.

For example, a federal lawsuit under ERISA may be filed:

Understanding the Process: Claiming Pension Benefits Under ERISA

The Employment Retirement Income Security Act doesn’t prescribe a uniform procedure for claiming pension benefits; instead, each pension plan has its own. However, certain ERISA rules do apply to the process of claiming your pension benefits. For example:

If your claim is denied on appeal, you still may pursue your claim in state or federal court.

When to Seek an Attorney’s Help

If you have difficulties claiming your pension benefits or if you have been denied benefits, you should seek the help of a qualified attorney. ERISA laws are complex and you will need an attorney with the appropriate knowledge and experience.

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Last Modified: 12-02-2013 12:28 PM PST

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