This page provides the answers to class members’ most frequently asked questions.

The information provided is in summary form and is not intended as a complete explanation of your rights. For full and complete information, you are directed to review carefully the Notices.

About The Settlement

1. What is this lawsuit about?

The Named Plaintiffs, suing individually and on behalf of the Class and Plan (the “Plaintiffs”), allege that Fidelity breached its fiduciary duties under ERISA by failing to monitor certain Fidelity funds made available to the Plan, and failing to monitor recordkeeping fees or negotiate revenue sharing rebates for Class Members. A more complete description of what Plaintiffs allege is in the Fourth Amended Complaint. Plaintiffs’ separate claims for prohibited transactions have been dismissed by the Court. Defendants deny all claims of wrongdoing or liability against them and assert that they have always acted prudently and in the best interests of Plan participants and beneficiaries. Fidelity also believes the Plan provides a very generous benefit. Defendants are settling the Action solely to avoid the expense, inconvenience, and inherent risk and disruption of litigation.

2. Why is there a Settlement?

On March 27, 2020, the district court ruled that Defendants breached their duty of prudence under ERISA by failing to monitor certain of the mutual fund investments available to participants in the Plan and by failing to monitor Plan recordkeeping expenses. However, the district court has not decided in favor of either side in the case with respect to the remaining issues of loss and causation, and Defendants had the right to appeal the district court’s ruling. Instead, both sides agreed to a Settlement. That way, both sides avoided the cost and risk of additional trial proceedings, and the affected Class Members will get substantial benefits that they would not have received if Plaintiffs had litigated the remaining issues and lost, or had lost on appeal. The Named Plaintiffs and their attorneys believe the Settlement is in the best interests of the Class Members. Nothing in the Settlement Agreement is an admission or concession on Defendants’ part of any fault or liability whatsoever, but has been entered into to avoid the uncertainty, expense, and burden of additional litigation.

3. How do I know if I am in the Settlement Class?

The Court decided that everyone who fits this description is a member of the Class: All participants and beneficiaries of the FMR LLC Profit Sharing Plan or the Fidelity Retirement Savings Plan who, during the Class Period, (1) remained Plan participants or beneficiaries for any length of time, (2) ceased to be employed by a participating employer before or during the period of time that they remained in the Plan, and (3) did not receive any portion of the mandatory revenue credit contributed to the FMR LLC Retirement Savings Plan pursuant to § 5.1(e) of the 2014 Restatement of the Plan (as amended) and §1.12(b)(3) of the 2017 Adoption Agreement for use with the Fidelity Basic Plan Document No. 17 for the Plan (as amended) issued by FMR LLC in any Plan year or portion of a Plan year in which they maintained a Plan account balance and were no longer employed by a participating employer. The Court has excluded from the Class the members of the FMR LLC Board of Directors and members of the FBIC and Retirement Committee during the Class Period.

If you meet the definition above, you are a member of the Class.

4. What does the Settlement provide?

Fidelity has agreed to cause its insurers to pay $28,500,000 into a Qualified Settlement Fund to resolve the claims of Class Members. The Net Settlement Amount (after deduction of any Court-approved expenses associated with administering the Settlement, Attorneys’ Fees and Costs, and Service Awards to Named Plaintiffs) will be allocated to Class Members according to the Plan of Allocation set forth in the Settlement Agreement. Under the Plan of Allocation, monies will be distributed to Participant Class Members and Authorized Former Participant Class Members pro rata based on their account balances for the period of November 17, 2014 to June 30, 2020.

In addition, the Settlement provides that prospectively: (1) one or more Plan fiduciaries will undertake to monitor Plan recordkeeping fees and (2) one or more Plan fiduciaries will undertake to monitor the Plan’s investment options, other than any investments available through the Plan’s self-directed brokerage account.

If you are a Participant Class Member or the Beneficiary of a Participant Class Member, your payment will be deposited into your Plan account in accordance with your investment elections for new contributions. If you have not made any such elections, your payment will be invested in the Plan’s qualified default investment alternative. If you are an Alternate Payee of a Participant Class Member pursuant to a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, your portion of the Settlement will be distributed pursuant to the terms of that Order. If you are a Former Participant Class Member who previously participated in the Plan but no longer do so (or you are a Beneficiary or an Alternate Payee of a Former Participant Class Member), then you must complete, sign, and mail a valid Former Participant Class Member Claim Form by January 2, 2021 to be deemed an Authorized Former Participant Class Member and receive your share of the Settlement. If you believe you are a Former Participant Class Member, a Former Participant Class Member Claim Form can be obtained here. On the Former Participant Class Member Claim Form, you will be able to choose between receiving your share of the Settlement in the form of a check or through a rollover to a qualified retirement account. Former Participant Class Members must timely submit a Former Participant Class Member Claim Form to receive monetary compensation.

All Class Members and anyone claiming through them will fully release the Plan as well as Defendants, Individual Committee Members, Individual Board Members, and the Released Parties from Plaintiffs’ Released Claims. The Released Parties include, but are not limited to, Defendants’ past, present, and future parent corporation(s), and their past, present, and future affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, joint ventures, predecessors, successors, successors-in-interest, and assigns, and any individual, partnership, corporation, governmental entity or any other form of entity or organization that controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with any of the foregoing. The Plaintiffs’ Released Claims include, but are not limited to, all claims that in any way arise out of, relate to, are based on, or have any connection with any of the allegations, acts, omissions, purported conflicts, representations, misrepresentations, facts, events, matters, transactions or occurrences that were asserted in the Action or could have been asserted in the Action. The Plaintiffs’ Released Claims also include those that relate to the direction to calculate, the calculation of, and/or the method or manner of allocation of the Net Settlement Fund pursuant to the Plan of Allocation and/or that relate to the approval by the Independent Fiduciary of the Settlement Agreement, unless brought against the Independent Fiduciary alone.

This is only a summary of the Released Parties and Plaintiffs’ Released Claims, and is not a binding description of either. The governing releases are found within the Settlement Agreement. Generally, the release means that Class Members will not have the right to sue the Plan, Defendants, or related parties for conduct during the Class Period arising out of or relating to the allegations in the lawsuit. The entire Settlement Agreement is available here.

5. How do I get benefits?

Whether you need to submit a claim form to receive your distribution depends on whether you are considered a “Participant Class Member” or a “Former Participant Class Member.”

For “Participant Class Members,” the benefits of the Settlement will be distributed automatically to your Plan account once the Court approves the Settlement. If you no longer have a Plan account with a balance greater than $0.00 when the Settlement is distributed to Class Members, the Settlement Administrator will mail you a check for your share of the Net Settlement Amount to your last known address.

“Former Participant Class Members” must return a valid, timely Former Participant Class Member Claim Form by January 2, 2021 to receive a share of the Settlement.

You should refer to the notice you received in the mail to determine whether you have been identified as a Participant Class Member or Former Participant Class Member.

6. What happens if I do nothing at all?

If you do nothing, and the Settlement is approved, you will release any claims you may have against Defendants, Individual Board Members, Individual Committee Members, or the Released Parties concerning the conduct Plaintiffs allege in their complaint. (See Question No. 4.) You may also receive a payment as described in Question No. 4.

7. How do I get out of the Settlement?

If the Court approves the Settlement, you will be bound by it and will receive whatever benefits you are entitled to under its terms. You cannot exclude yourself from the Settlement, but you may notify the Court of your objection to the Settlement.

8. Can I sue Fidelity for the same thing later?

No. If the Court approves the Settlement, you will have given up any right to sue Fidelity or any of the Released Parties for the Plaintiffs’ Released Claims.

9. How do I object to the Settlement?

You can object to the Settlement if you don’t like any part of it. If you object, you must give the reasons why you think the Court should not approve the Settlement. The Court will consider your views. Your objection to the Settlement must be postmarked no later than December 22, 2020 and must be sent to the attorneys for the Parties at the addresses below:

Class Counsel:
Kai Richter
Paul Lukas
NICHOLS KASTER, PLLP
4600 IDS Center
80 S 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Defendants’ Counsel:
Alison V. Douglass
John J. Falvey, Jr.
GOODWIN PROCTER LLP
100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

The objection must be in writing and should include the case name Moitoso, et al. v. FMR LLC, et al., Civil Action No. 1:18-cv-12122-WGY; as well as include your (a) name; (b) address; (c) a statement that you are a member of the Settlement Class; (d) the specific grounds for the objection (including all arguments, citations, and evidence supporting the objection); (e) all documents or writings that you desire the Court to consider (including all copies of any documents relied upon in the objection); (f) your signature; and (g) a notice of intention to appear at the Fairness Hearing (if applicable). (If you are represented by counsel, you or your counsel must file your objection through the Court’s CM/ECF system.) The Court will consider all properly filed comments from Class Members. If you wish to appear and be heard at the Fairness Hearing in addition to submitting a written objection to the Settlement, you or your attorney should say so in your written objection.

Class Counsel will file with the Court their request for Attorneys’ Fees and Costs at least two weeks prior to December 22, 2020, and post it on this website.

10. When and where will the Court hold a hearing on the fairness of the Settlement?

A Fairness Hearing has been set for January 12, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., via Zoom. At the hearing, the Court will hear any comments, objections, and arguments concerning the fairness of the proposed Settlement, including the amount requested by Class Counsel for Attorneys’ Fees and Costs and the Service Awards to the Named Plaintiffs as the Class representatives. You do not need to attend this hearing. However, if you would like to attend, you may register at forms.mad.uscourts.gov/courtlist.html.