Summary of the Lawsuit

This lawsuit alleges that Computer Sciences Corporation (“CSC”) improperly amended the CSC Deferred Compensation Plan as of December 31, 2012, to apply that amendment to plan participants who had already retired.

Summary of the Claims

The lawsuit concerns the CSC Deferred Compensation Plan, which allows participants to defer part of their income until retirement, provides for additional earnings to the deferred income until retirement, and sets a fixed payment schedule based on participant elections.

The lawsuit alleges that Defendant CSC amended the Deferred Compensation Plan effective December 31, 2012, decreasing the crediting of earnings to participant accounts and changing the terms of the Plan to allow for losses to participant accounts. The lawsuit also alleges that CSC changed the distribution schedule for benefits, causing a decrease in benefits for Class members. The lawsuit alleges that as a purported “Top Hat” plan under ERISA, the amendment does not properly apply to participants who have retired and already completed their service to the company.

The lawsuit seeks to require CSC and the Plan to provide benefits to the Class based on the terms of the Plan as of the date they retired (i.e. prior to the Amendment) and to require Defendants to disgorge any profits gained as a result of the amendment.

Class Action

This lawsuit is brought on behalf of the following persons:

Participants in the Key Executive Plan who retired as of December 31, 2012, had elected to receive distributions of deferred income during retirement in installments, and for whom the amount or manner of their benefit payment was altered by the 2013 Amendment; and the Beneficiaries of those Participants.

Status of the Litigation

The Complaint was filed on January 15, 2014.  On March 21, 2014, Defendants filed a Motion to Transfer Venue to the Eastern District of Virginia. After Defendants produced venue-related discovery, briefing on the motion was completed on July 17, 2014.   The case has been transferred to the Eastern District of Virginia as of August 7, 2015. The Amended Complaint was filed on October 27, 2015 and on January 21, 2016, the Consolidated Complaint was filed. On December 4, 2015, the judge denied the Motion to Dismiss. Plaintiff filed their motion for class certification on December 9, 2015.  Discovery ended on February 26, 2016.  After the end of discovery, Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment, which Plaintiffs’ opposed.  A hearing on Plaintiff’s motion on class certification was held on April 1, 2016 and a hearing on Defendants’ motion for summary judgment Hearing was held on April 8, 2016.  The Court has not yet issued a decision on either the motion for class certification or summary judgment.  

Whom to Contact for More Information

If you are a member of the proposed class or you have information which might assist us in the prosecution of these allegations, please contact one of the following persons:

R. Joseph Barton, Esq. jbarton@cohenmilstein.com
Kira Hettinger, Esq. khettinger@cohenmilstein.com
Maria Dewees mdewees@cohenmilstein.com
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
1100 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005
Telephone:  888-240-0775 (Toll Free) or 202-408-4600