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Walgreens Dings 401(k) Suit as ‘Monday-Morning Quarterbacking’

Nov. 5, 2019, 5:10 PM

A $300 million proposed class action challenging the target-date funds in Walgreen Co.'s retirement plan is a hindsight-based challenge to conservative, reliable investments that should be dismissed, the pharmacy giant told a federal judge in Chicago.

The lawsuit is based on inappropriate comparisons between the Northern Trust funds in Walgreens’ plan and a handful of “cherry-picked” funds with different risk profiles and management styles that happened to perform better, the company said in a Nov. 4 motion. The complaint includes no facts suggesting that Walgreens used an imprudent process for selecting and retaining these funds, the company said.

The lawsuit ...