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Department of Labor: Vaughn(A)-06-07-2006

Department of Labor: Vaughn(A)-06-07-2006

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No. 05-17100
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IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
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JERRY VAUGHN and THERESA TRAVERS,Plaintiffs-Appellants,v.BAY ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, INC., CAESAR NUTI,DENNIS VARNI, FSC SECURITIES CORPORATION, andJERROLD N. WEINBERG,Defendants-Appellees.
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On Appeal from the United States District Courtfor the Northern District of California
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BRIEF FOR THE SECRETARY OF LABOR AS AMICUS CURIAESUPPORTING PLAINTIFFS-APPELLANTS
________________________________HOWARD M. RADZELYSolicitor of LaborTIMOTHY D. HAUSERAssociate Solicitor forPlan Benefits SecurityKAREN L. HANDORFCounsel for Appellate andSpecial LitigationELIZABETH HOPKINSSenior Appellate AttorneyU.S. Department of Labor200 Constitution Ave., N.W.Room N-4611Washington, D.C. 20210(202) 693-5584
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iTABLE OF CONTENTSPageStatement of the issue ................................................................................................1Interest of the Secretary of Labor ..............................................................................1Statement of the facts.................................................................................................2Summary of the argument..........................................................................................5Argument:Plaintiffs
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who claim that fiduciary breaches caused adiminution in the amount of benefits they were paidwhen defendant Bay Environmental terminated thedefined contribution plans in which they participated
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have standing under ERISA to bring their suit.....................................7A. Plaintiffs have a colorable claim that allegedfiduciary breaches have affected their plan benefitsand thus they meet the statutory standing criteria .....................9B. Termination of the plans does not destroy standing.................22Conclusion ...............................................................................................................24Certificate of compliance.........................................................................................25Certificate of service................................................................................................26Appendix:A. Cunningham v. Adams, 106 F. App'x 693 (10th Cir. 2004)B. Dickerson v. Feldman, ___ F. Supp. 2d ___, No. 04-7935,2006 WL 838999 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 30, 2006), appeal docketed
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No. 06-1616 (2d Cir. Apr. 5, 2006)C. Flynn v. Ballinger, No. C 94-0190, 1994 WL 758662(N.D. Cal. May 9, 1994), aff'd, 76 F.3d 386 (9th Cir. 1996)
 
iiAppendix -- continued:D. Graden v. Conexant Sys., Inc., No. 05-0695, 2006 WL 1098233(D.N.J. Mar. 31, 2006) ), appeal docketed
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No. 06-2337 (3d Cir. Apr. 27, 2006)E. Holtzscher v. Dynegy, Inc., No. 05-3293, 2006 WL 626402(S.D. Tex. Mar. 13, 2006) ), appeal docketed
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No. 06-20297 (5th Cir. Apr. 18, 2006)F. In re Admin. Comm. ERISA Litig., No. C03-3302, 2005 WL 3454126(N.D. Cal. Dec. 16, 2005)G. In re RCN Litig., No. 04-5068, 2006 WL 753149(D.N.J. Mar. 21, 2006)H. Martin v. Harline, No. 87-NC-115J, 1992 WL 12151224(D. Utah Mar. 30, 1992)

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