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Lawsuit for Participants of the Prudential-managed Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan f/k/a Wolseley North America 401(k) announced by Shareholders Foundation

/EIN News/ -- SAN DIEGO, Oct. 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. announces that a lawsuit is pending on behalf of certain participants of the Prudential-managed Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan f/k/a Wolseley North America 401(k) over alleged violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”).

Current and former participants of the Prudential-managed Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan f/k/a Wolseley North America 401(k) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 - 1554.

The plaintiff alleges that the kickback payments at issue are essentially part of a pay-to-play scheme in which Prudential receives payments from mutual funds in the form of fees in return for providing the mutual funds with access to its retirement plan customers. The plaintiff claims that the Prudential has entered into revenue sharing agreements and similar arrangements with various mutual funds, affiliates of mutual funds, mutual fund advisors, sub-advisors, investment funds, including collective trusts, and other investment advisors, instruments or vehicles, pursuant to which Prudential receives revenue sharing payments (which amount to kickbacks) for its own benefit from these mutual funds in violation of, inter alia, the prohibited transaction rules of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), as well as ERISA’s fiduciary rules.

The plaintiff alleges that Prudential uses its ownership and control over separate accounts in which its retirement plan customers’ investments are placed to negotiate for the receipt of these revenue sharing payments from mutual funds, and the revenue sharing payments have the effect of increasing the expense ratios of the mutual funds, which expenses are deducted directly from the assets of the separate accounts.

The plaintiff says that Prudential describes and deceptively characterizes the revenue-sharing payments as “service fees” and reimbursement for expenses racked up in providing services on behalf of the mutual funds, and that the amounts of the revenue-sharing payments bear absolutely no relationship to either the value or cost of the services, and Prudential provides the same services no matter the amount of revenue-sharing payments.

Participants of the Prudential-managed Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan f/k/a Wolseley North America 401(k) should contact the Shareholders Foundation, Inc. by e-mail at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1 (858) 779-1554.

The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is a professional portfolio legal monitoring and a settlement claim filing service, which does research related to shareholder issues and informs investors of securities class actions, settlements, judgments, and other legal related news to the stock/financial market. The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is not a law firm. The information is provided as a public service. It is not intended as legal advice and should not be relied upon.

CONTACT:  Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
+1 (858) 779-1554
mail@shareholdersfoundation.com
3111 Camino Del Rio North
Suite 423
San Diego, CA 92108

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