Wells Fargo ERISA 32.5M Class Action Settlement - Top Class Actions (2022)

Wells Fargo ERISA 32.5M Class Action Settlement - Top Class Actions (1)

Wells Fargo has agreed to a $32.5 million class action settlement resolving claims it mismanaged the company's retirement plan.

Anyone who was a participant of the Wells Fargo & Co. 401(k) plan at any time between March 13, 2014, through the date the settlement becomes final is eligible to benefit from the settlement.

Wells Fargo, a financial institution offering banking, mortgage and other services, employed nearly 250,000 people as of May 12, 2022, according to Forbes.

Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit alleged Morgan Stanley breached its fiduciary duties and violated the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) by offering and retaining certain funds as investment options.

Those funds — the "Challenged Funds" — are:

  • Wells Fargo/State Street Target Date CITs, including all vintages, i.e., Wells Fargo/State Street Target Today CIT, Wells Fargo/State Street Target 2010 CIT, Wells Fargo/State Street Target 2015 CIT, Wells Fargo/State Street Target 2020 CIT, Wells Fargo/State Street Target 2025 CIT, Wells Fargo/State Street Target 2030 CIT, Wells Fargo/State Street Target 2035 CIT, Wells Fargo/State Street Target 2040 CIT, Wells Fargo/State Street Target 2045 CIT, Wells Fargo/State Street Target 2050 CIT, Wells Fargo/State Street Target 2055 CIT, Wells Fargo/State Street Target 2060 CIT, Wells Fargo/State Street Target 2065 CIT 
  • Wells Fargo/State Street Global Bond Index CIT 
  • Wells Fargo/SSGA Global Equity Index CIT
  • Small Cap Fund, including the Wells Fargo Emerging Growth Fund but not including any non-Wells Fargo component funds
  • International Equity Fund, including the Wells Fargo/Causeway International Value CIT but not including its non-Wells Fargo component funds
  • Global Bond Fund, including the Wells Fargo/Federated Total Return Bond CIT but not including its non-Wells Fargo component funds
  • Wells Fargo 100% Treasury Money Market Fund
  • Wells Fargo Stable Value Fund, including all of its component funds, e.g., the Wells Fargo/BlackRock Short Term Investment Fund and Wells Fargo Stable Return Fund

Wells Fargo denies any wrongdoing, but has agreed to the settlement to resolve the accusations.

After expenses such as attorneys' fees and administration costs have been deducted from the $32.5 million settlement fund, class members will be eligible to receive payments.

These funds will be allocated to class members who invested in the Challenged Funds. 

Current participants with a positive balance in their plan account and who invested in the Challenged Funds will have their payment deposited directly into their plan accounts; taxes will not be withheld.

Former participants — individuals who have had an active plan account sometime since March 13, 2014, but who do not currently have an account with a positive balance and who invested in the Challenged Funds will automatically receive their payments via check with applicable 1099 taxes withheld. These class members do not need to submit any paperwork to receive a payment.

Because of the costs associated with check distribution, tax withholdings and forms, in order to receive a payment, former participants must have a recovery of at least $5.

Alternatively, former participants who would prefer to have their settlement recovery rolled over into an individual retirement or qualified retirement plan account may fill out a former participant rollover form. 

Taxes will not be withheld from rollovers. Former participants are advised to contact a tax advisor before making a decision.

Class members whose mailing address has changed should contact the settlement administrator.

A final approval hearing is scheduled for Aug. 10, 2022.

The deadline to object to the Wells Fargo retirement plan settlement is July 21, 2022.

The deadline to submit a rollover form is also July 21, 2022.

Who's Eligible

Anyone who was a participant of the Wells Fargo & Co. 401(k) plan at any time between March 13, 2014, through the date the settlement becomes final is eligible to benefit from the settlement.

Potential Award

Proof of Purchase

No proof of purchase applicable

Former Participant Rollover Form

NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.

Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you're unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator's website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don't qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.

Former Participant Rollover Form Deadline

07/21/2022

Becker, et al. v. Wells Fargo & Company, et al., Case No. 0:20-cv-02016, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Final Hearing

08/10/2022

Claims Administrator

Wells Fargo ERISA Settlement
P.O. Box 2009
Chanhassen, MN 55317-2009
info@wellsfargoerisasettlement.com
844-485-2675

Class Counsel

Michelle C Yau
COHEN MILSTEIN SELLERS & TOLL PLLC

Defense Counsel

Russell L Hirschhorn
PROSKAUER ROSE LLP

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