We're betting that no one was more relieved by Verizon's defeat of a $1.67 billion ERISA class action than former Bell Atlantic in-house lawyer Barry Peters, who was responsible for the typographical error in the Bell Atlantic pension plan that was the basis of the class claims. A federal judge granted Verizon's request to order that the mistake be corrected as a harmless "scrivener's error." In an exhaustive 105-page ruling, he found that no evidence exists to suggest that any plan participant relied upon the error.
Verizon Defeats Billion-Dollar ERISA Class Action Over Lawyer's Typo
The American Lawyer
November 5, 2009