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Case Name Donaldson v. Pharmacia Pension Plan EE-IL-0286
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-00003 ( S.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On January 3, 2006, a group of former employees filed suit under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. §§1001-1461 ("ERISA"), against Pharmacia Pension Plan, Pfizer Inc. and Monsanto Company in United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The ... read more >
On January 3, 2006, a group of former employees filed suit under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. §§1001-1461 ("ERISA"), against Pharmacia Pension Plan, Pfizer Inc. and Monsanto Company in United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the Court for injunctive and equitable relief alleging that the defendants were unlawfully miscalculating pension benefits. On January 1, 1997, Monsanto converted its employees' pension plans from conventional benefit plans taking a specified percentage of a participant's salary to cash balance plans where the benefit is based upon a hypothetical account balance. Monsanto later split into two and plaintiffs alleged that after the conversion of their plans and split of the company they were no longer receiving the benefits they should have been receiving.

On May 10, 2006 the district court (Judge G. Patrick Murphy) denied plaintiff's motion to appoint plaintiff's counsel as interim class counsel. On June 14, 2006 the court (Judge Murphy) denied the defendants' motion to dismiss. A number of other cases with the same essential complaints and issues had been filed between 2004 and 2006 and on September 1, 2006 the case was consolidated with others under the lead case Walker v. Monsanto Co. Pension Plan. Subsequent developments can be found under that case in the collection.

Michael Perry - 08/30/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. § 1001
Defendant(s) Monsanto Company
Pfizer Inc.
Pharmacia Corporation
Plaintiff Description Participants in the Monsanto Co. Pension Plan.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2009
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-IL-0321 : Walker v. Monsanto Co. Pension Plan (S.D. Ill.)
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
3:06−cv−00003 (S.D. Ill.) 09/29/2009
EE-IL-0286-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order (Denying interim class counsel status) 05/10/2006 (2006 WL 1308582) (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0286-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Memorandum and Order (Denying defendants' motion to dismiss) 06/14/2006 (435 F.Supp.2d 853) (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0286-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
First Amended Complaint 07/07/2006
EE-IL-0286-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Frazier, Philip M. (S.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0286-9000
Gilbert, John Phil (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0286-9000
Herndon, David R. (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0286-9000
Murphy, G. Patrick (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0286-0004 | EE-IL-0286-0005 | EE-IL-0286-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Armstrong, Matthew H. (Missouri)
EE-IL-0286-0001 | EE-IL-0286-9000
Cueto, Christopher F. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0286-9000
Schlichter, Jerome J. (Missouri)
EE-IL-0286-0001 | EE-IL-0286-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Blocker, Mark Bruce (Illinois)
EE-IL-0286-9000
Cohen, Carol Connor (District of Columbia)
EE-IL-0286-9000
Conlon, William F. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0286-9000
Kelly, Erin E. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0286-9000
Meyer, Chris K. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0286-9000
Nester, Michael J. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0286-9000
Rea, Anne E. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0286-9000
Ryan, Priscilla E. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0286-9000
Sallerson, Dawn A. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0286-9000
Sandrock, Ryan M. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0286-9000
Wyland, Neil H. (Illinois)
EE-IL-0286-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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