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Summary of Lawsuit

On November 1, 2021, Plaintiff filed Duke, et al. v. Luxottica U.S. Holdings Corp., et al., Case No. 2:21-cv-06072, with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York on behalf of a class of participants and beneficiaries of the Luxottica Group Pension Plan, alleging violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). Plaintiff’s complaint alleges that, prior to 2019, the Luxottica Group Pension Plan utilized outdated mortality tables to determine the value of participants’ joint and survivor annuities (“JSAs”). As a result, married retirees who elected JSAs received less than the actuarial equivalent of the benefit that ERISA protects. This lawsuit seeks to recover amounts due to members of the class.

Class Action Allegations

This lawsuit is brought on behalf of all participants and beneficiaries of the Luxottica Group Pension Plan who had their benefits calculated pursuant to the actuarial assumptions in effect before January 1, 2019, and who are receiving a joint and survivor annuity which is less than the value of the single life annuity converted to a JSA using the interest rates and mortality tables set forth in 26 U.S.C. §417(e).

Status of the Litigation

  • On November 1, 2021, Plaintiff Duke, on behalf of all members of the class, filed a complaint. Defendants have filed a motion to compel arbitration, which is pending before the Court.
  • On September 30, 2023, the Court entered an order compelling arbitration for some of Plaintiffs claims and dismissing others without prejudice. Plaintiffs filed a motion for reconsideration on October 16, 2023.

Whom to Contact

Sydney Greenman, Paralegal (email)

Ryan Wheeler (email)

Michelle Yau (email)