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International Paper Continues Its Pension De-risking

In early October, 2017 International Paper continued its pension de-risking, transferring approximately $1.3 Billion in pension liabilities to Prudential Insurance Company of America through the purchase of a group annuity contract.  This purchase impacted 45,000 retirees and beneficiaries.  This followed on the heels of an offering of a lump sum buyout in 2016 to 47,000 […]

Article by Edward Stone in The Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting

Attorney Edward S. Stone helps explain some of the difficulties surrounding the NFL Concussion Settlement in this article “The NFL Concussion Settlement, Traumatic Brain Injury, and CTE: Fact, Fiction, and Spin Doctoring”.  The Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting Vol. 28, Issue 3, Fall 2017, pp. 8-11.  Meanwhile, medical researchers continue to explore new ways to ascertain […]

New York Times transfers $225 million in pension liabilities

On October 24, 2017 Pension & Investments reported that the New York Times Co. would purchase group annuity contracts from Massachusetts Mutual life Insurance Company to divest itself of $225 Million in pension liabilities under two of its defined benefits plans. This transfer reportedly affects 3,800 retirees and/or their beneficiaries. MassMutual is scheduled to take […]

Pension De-Risking State Legislative Update

With interest rates low and the corporate desire to reduce liabilities high, pension de-risking transfers continue at a rapid pace.  While Verizon was one of the first, since 2012 many companies including GM, J.C. Penney, United Technologies, PPG Industries and Lincoln Electric have de-risked by transferring their pension liabilities to an insurance company.  These pension […]

Favorable Vote for Connecticut Pension De-Risking Bill

In January of 2017, ProtectSeniors.org  worked with Senator Carlo Leone to introduce a new bill providing expanded protections for retirees affected by pension de-risking transfers.  In January, 2017 Senator Leone introduced Proposed Bill 493 and a public hearing was held on February 16th. The Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate voted 16-5 in favor […]

Public Hearing on Connecticut De-Risking Bill

Edward Stone, as special counsel to ProtectSeniors.org provided testimony at a Public Hearing in Hartford, Connecticut on February 16, 2017 in support of Proposed Bill No. 493 “AN ACT CONCERNING THE PURCHASE OF AN ANNUITY TO FUND PENSION AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS”.  Jack Cohen, Chairman of the Association of Bell-Tel Retirees, Inc. and Bill Jones, Co-founder and […]

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New Proposed Pension De-Risking Bill in Connecticut

Connecticut State Senator Carlo Leone (D – 27) has introduced Proposed Bill No. 493 “AN ACT CONCERNING THE PURCHASE OF AN ANNUITY TO FUND PENSION AND RETIREMENT BENEFITS”. This proposed bill requires an insurance company to provide certain annual disclosures to employees and retirees impacted by pension de-risking transfers involving the purchase of a group annuity […]

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CFPB Files Suit Against Access Funding

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has filed suit in federal court in Baltimore accusing Access Funding of violations of the federal Consumer Protection Act.  Access Funding (now Reliance Funding) is a purchaser of structured settlement payment streams whose alleged predatory business practices involving people who had been poisoned by lead paint as children were […]