Solis v. Otorhinolaryngology Associates, P.C. et al
CONSENT JUDGMENT AND ORDER. The Clerk of the Court is DIRECTED to close this case. Signed by Chief Judge William Keith Watkins on 10/25/2011. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Appeals Checklist)(dmn)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
HILDA L. SOLIS,
Secretary of Labor,
United States Department of Labor,
ASSOCIATES, P.C., et al.,
) CASE NO. 2:11-CV-822-WKW
CONSENT JUDGMENT AND ORDER
Plaintiff, the Secretary of Labor (“Secretary”), pursuant to her authority under
§ 502(a)(2) and 502(a)(5), 29 U.S.C. § 1132(a)(2) and 1132(a)(5), of the Employee
Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq.,
(“ERISA”) has filed a Complaint against Defendants Otorhinolaryngology Associates,
P.C. (“OTO”) and Dr. Rickey Gene Love (“Love”) (referred to collectively herein as
“Defendants”). (Doc. # 1.) The Complaint also names the Otorhinolaryngology
Associates, P.C. Profit Sharing Plan (the “Plan”) as a party defendant pursuant to Rule
19(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to ensure that complete relief may be
Defendants and the Secretary have agreed to resolve all matters in controversy
in this action, and the Parties consent to entry of a judgment and order by this court
in accordance with the following terms:
A. The Secretary’s Complaint alleges that Defendants Love and OTO breached
their fiduciary duties with respect to the Plan by failing to discharge their duties under
the Plan and by violating provisions of §§ 404(a)(1)(A), 404(a)(1)(B) and
405(a)(1)(C) of ERISA, and 29 U.S.C. §§ 1104(a)(1)(A), 1104(a)(1)(B) and
1104(a)(1)(C), as set forth in the Complaint.
B. Defendants admit to the jurisdiction of the court over them and over the
subject matter of this action. Defendants admit that this court has the authority to
enforce this Order and that this court is the most appropriate venue for any
enforcement action that may be required as a result of this Order.
C. Defendants neither admit nor deny the allegations in the Complaint.
D. Defendants expressly waive any and all claims of whatever nature that they
have or may have against the Secretary, or any of her officers, agents, employees, or
representatives, arising out of or in connection with the filing, prosecution, and
maintenance of this civil action or any other proceeding and investigation incident
E. That this Order will represent a complete settlement of all the Secretary’s
claims asserted in this action against Defendants Love and OTO, with the exception
of any potential civil money penalties that may be assessed under § 502(1) of ERISA,
29 U.S.C. § 1132(1). This Order is not binding upon any government agency other
than the U.S. Department of Labor and only resolves claims arising out of this action
between the Secretary and Defendants Love and OTO.
F. The Secretary and Defendants expressly waive findings of fact and
conclusions of law, except as otherwise set forth and addressed herein, and consent
to the entry of this Order as a full and complete resolution of all claims and issues that
were, or might have been, alleged in this action, without trial or adjudication of any
issue of fact or law raised in the Complaint.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED, ADJUDGED and DECREED that:
1. The court has jurisdiction over the Parties and the subject matter of this
action and is empowered to provide the relief herein. 28 U.S.C. § 1331.
2. Defendants Love and OTO, their agents, servants, employees and all persons
in active concert or participation with them, are permanently enjoined and restrained
from violating the provisions of Title I of ERISA.
3. Defendant Love is permanently enjoined from acting as a fiduciary, trustee,
agent, or representative in any capacity to any employee benefit plan, as defined by
4. Defendant Love agrees to allow any participant interest he may have in any
existing or future assets of the Plan to be applied as an offset against the amounts that
the Secretary has alleged are due to the Plan, as authorized by ERISA § 206(d)(4).
The Plan document is deemed amended to permit the distribution and offset of Love’s
participant interest, as provided herein. A full executed copy of this Consent
Judgment and Order shall be maintained by the Plan administrator with all other
documents and instruments governing the Plan.
5. By her signature (Doc. # 1, Ex. 1), Mrs. Candace Jones Love, spouse of
Defendant Love, waives any claims that she may have for her spouse’s benefits under
the Plan with respect to her spouse’s account, which will be redistributed to other
participants, and acknowledges that she understands: (a) that the effect of such consent
may be to forfeit the benefits that she would be entitled to receive upon her spouse’s
death; (b) that her spouse’s waiver is not valid without her consent; and (c) that her
consent is irrevocable upon the entry of this Order.
6. Mrs. Candace Jones Love further agrees to allow any participant interest she
may have in any existing or future assets of the Plan to be applied as an offset against
the amounts that the Secretary has alleged are due to the Plan, as authorized by ERISA
§ 206(d)(4). The Plan document is deemed amended to permit the distribution and
offset of Mrs. Candace Jones Love’s participant interest, as provided herein. A full
executed copy of this Consent Judgment and Order shall be maintained by the Plan
administrator with all other documents and instruments governing the Plan.
7. Jeanne B. Bryant of Receivership Management, Inc., 783 Old Hickory Blvd.,
Suite 255, Brentwood, TN 37027, is appointed as successor fiduciary for the Plan and:
A. The successor fiduciary shall collect, marshal, and administer all of
the Plan’s assets and take such further actions with respect to the Plan as may be
The successor fiduciary shall have all the rights, duties, and
responsibilities of any fiduciary or trustee described under the Plan documents or the
applicable law, with respect to the successor fiduciary's duties.
C. The successor fiduciary is authorized to delegate or assign fiduciary
duties as appropriate and allowed under the law.
D. The successor fiduciary shall be entitled to receive reasonable fees
and expenses for her services. Defendants Love and OTO shall be responsible for
paying the entire successor fiduciary’s reasonable fees and expenses with respect to
services performed for the Plan. The successor fiduciary shall send invoices for such
fees and expenses to Defendants Love and OTO at such times and on such a schedule
as the successor fiduciary, in her sole discretion, deems appropriate. Defendants Love
and OTO acknowledge and agree that these invoices will be considered properly
delivered if they are deposited in the United States mail, addressed to: Dr. Rickey
Gene Love, c/o James Wilson, Esq., 4265 Lomac Street, Montgomery, Alabama,
E. Full payment of each invoice shall be made by Defendants Love and
OTO and received by the successor fiduciary not later than the 16th day following the
date of the invoice. Interest shall accrue on any past due amount at the rate of 18%
per annum, compounded daily. Defendants Love and OTO shall be responsible,
jointly and severally, for all costs, including reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses,
incurred by the successor fiduciary in the course of collecting such past due amounts.
Defendants Love and OTO shall deliver or otherwise make available to the successor
fiduciary any information, documents, files or other compilations, wherever and
however stored; that are reasonably necessary to perform the duties of the successor
F. The successor fiduciary is authorized to give instructions respecting
the disposition of assets of the Plan.
G. The successor fiduciary in the performance of her duties may retain
such assistance as she may require, including attorneys, accountants, actuaries and
other service providers.
H. The payment of administrative expenses and all fees to the successor
fiduciary, her assistants, attorneys, accountants, actuaries and other necessary service
providers are to be considered priority administrative expenses of the Plan.
I. The successor fiduciary or her agents, employees or representatives
may not be held personally responsible for any claims against the Plan which existed,
arose, matured or vested prior to the appointment of the successor fiduciary.
K. The successor fiduciary is to comply with all applicable rules and
8. This Consent Judgment resolves all claims of Plaintiff’s Complaint with the
A. This Judgment does not adjudicate or otherwise affect any potential
civil money penalties that may be assessed under § 502(1) of ERISA.
B. This Judgment does not affect or bind any governmental agency other
than the United States Department of Labor.
This court retains jurisdiction for the purposes of enforcing
compliance with the terms of this Consent Judgment and Order.
9. Each party shall bear its and his own costs and expenses, including
attorney’s fees, arising in connection with any stage of above-referenced proceeding,
including, but not limited to, attorney’s fees that may be available under the Equal
Access to Justice Act, as amended.
The Clerk of the Court is DIRECTED to close this case.
DONE this 25th day of October, 2011.
/s/ W. Keith Watkins
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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