BG Video Celebration of Women’s History Month 2023

“Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” Serena Williams.

Here at Bailey Glasser, we’re committed to shining a light on the amazing contributions of women and throughout March, we’ve highlighted a selection of women in history who create, inspire, empower, and make positive change in this world; not just this month, but every month. To wrap up this year’s celebration, we’ve created a celebratory video that includes remarkable women recognized during both Women’s History Month and Black History Month, as well as favorite inspirational quotes from some of the fearless women here at Bailey Glasser.

Partner Mark Boyko Quoted in Law 360 and Bloomberg Law

Bailey & Glasser, LLP partner and ERISA litigator Mark Boyko was quoted in Law360 and Bloomberg Law discussing a newly-issued federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that may be beneficial to plaintiffs who must meet certain pleading standards to successfully pursue claims against retirement plans that breach their duties to make prudent investment decisions. As told to Bloomberg Law: “’That’s huge’, Boyko said, because a heightened pleading standard on a claim challenging recordkeeping fees would mean that a plan participant would have to do their own request for proposals for these services ‘long before filing their case.’ Instead, ‘it’s enough to show that other plans were able to get lower fees by taking steps plaintiffs plausibly allege the defendant could have done, and that other recordkeepers plausibly would have performed the same or comparable services for a lower price.'” Boyko and BG partner Gregory Porter are pioneers in this area and are currently litigating several cases across the country alleging employers imprudently managed the investments in their 401(k) plans.

To read the articles:

Law 360
Bloomberg Law

N.Y. Federal Judge Recommends Class Action Against Metropolitan Life Proceed

Bailey Glasser and co-counsel Robert Izard and Douglas Needham represent a pair of subclasses of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company whose pension benefits were unlawfully reduced using outdated mortality estimates. On March 20, 2023, a federal magistrate recommended that the claims proceed as a class action.

For more about the ruling, please visit here.

We look forward to the suit moving forward, as it was originally filed in 2018.

BG Logo Upgrade

“The best way for us to cultivate fearlessness in our daughters and other young women is by example” – Gloria Steinem. Today’s spotlight is on budding artist Kate Johnson, who was fearless when she proposed a new “upgraded” BG firm logo concept to her dad, Bailey & Glasser, LLP partner Nick Johnson.

Kate’s inspiration for the upgrade was the American flag, using red to represent justice and blue for truth. Kate’s favorite girl boss is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg because RBG had the courage to never take “no” for an answer. When asked what advice she would give her peers about being fearless, Kate said: “don’t worry about what other people think about you because your own opinion of yourself is all that really matters.”

Thank you for being such a wise and fearless inspiration, Kate!

Embracing Equity on International Women’s Day 2023

Today is International Women’s Day, a commemoration that first began in 1911, and is a global celebration recognizing the achievements made by women across the world, acknowledging the work that must still be done to continue advancing equality and equity forward. This year’s theme is “Embrace Equity.” Have you ever thought about how equity is actually different than equality? Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. While equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and needs, and allocates the right resources and exact opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome. It is a concept acknowledging our common goal of being recognized and included, and as articulated by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg: “We will all profit from a more diverse, inclusive society, understanding, accommodating, even celebrating our differences, while pulling together for the common good.”

To learn more about International Women’s Day and this year’s theme about Embracing Equity, please visit here.

Partner Travis Prince Named Program Lead for Disabled Veterans Nonprofit

At Bailey Glasser, our attorneys are dedicated to serving our local communities. BG Partner Travis Prince has been named a Program Lead at Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. (“PHWFF”). PHWFF is a nationwide non-profit committed to providing full-spectrum fly fishing programming for disabled veterans and is an innovative leader in the field of therapeutic outdoor recreation for the disabled. In this role, Travis is responsible for the coordination of programming for veterans and the gracious volunteers of the Morgantown, WV chapter.

Celebrating Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, which originated as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28, authorizing the first “Women’s History Week.” The week expanded to a month in 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.

Yesterday, President Biden issued a proclamation for this year’s Women’s History Month and stated in part: “The full participation of women is a foundational tenet of democracy. Women — often women of color — have been on the frontlines, fighting for and securing equal rights and opportunity throughout our country’s history as abolitionists, civil rights leaders, suffragists, and labor activists. Women continue to lead as advocates for reproductive rights, champions of racial justice, and LGBTQI+ equality. Throughout history, these women have opened the doors of opportunity for subsequent generations of dreamers and doers. As community leaders, educators, doctors, scientists, childcare providers, and more, women power our economy and lead our Nation. As first responders and service members, they stand watch over our lives and liberties. As innovators, entrepreneurs, and essential workers in every industry, they represent the very best of America.”

To read the entire proclamation, please visit here.

We will be posting about the stories of many women this month, including some wonderful women here at Bailey Glasser.

PRC Designated Recipient of $560,000 Cy Pres Award

The Pension Rights Center, a nonprofit consumer organization dedicated to protecting and promoting retirement security, was designated the recipient of a $560,000 cy pres award by Bailey & Glasser, LLP.

A cy pres award allows for the distribution of leftover funds from the settlement of a lawsuit to be disbursed to charitable organizations whose mission generally aligns with the purpose of the lawsuit. BG partner Gregory Porter commented that we are “delighted that undisbursed money is going to the Pension Rights Center, which has been working for 47 years to protect retirement security for workers and retirees, particularly for lower and moderate wage earners.” To learn more visit The Pension Rights Center website.

Honoring Black History Month

Every February, Bailey Glasser honors Black History Month. As part of our commemoration, we post all month long across our social media channels a selection of Black Americans who made impactful contributions in all the states where our law firm have offices. Please enjoy this short video that highlight’s this year’s social media posts for this important month.

As noted at the end of this video: ”Won’t it be wonderful when Black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.” Maya Angelou

Mike Murphy Quoted in the National Law Journal About Facebook Effort “To Squeeze Every Penny Out Of Every Eyeball”

Bailey & Glasser, LLP partner Michael Murphy was quoted in the National Law Journal about his work in helping lead the new wave of litigation related to privacy law concerns, particularly related to how Facebook identifies users and tracks them across the Internet with a user ID number, and how this intersects with the Video Privacy Protection Act. As stated in the article titled: “Privacy Law Sparks New Litigation Wave Over Undisclosed Data Sharing”: “Murphy has a warning: ‘If you’re going to bind the consumer, at least give them a fair disclosure and not pretend these tracking tools are used to ‘enhance’ the user’s experience instead of an effort to squeeze every penny out of every eyeball.’”

To read the full article visit here.

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