LOS ANGELES – A beneficiary of a Trader Joe's retirement plan alleges the proceeds of that plan have not been distributed to her.
Janell Watson filed a complaint on March 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Trader Joe's Inc. and Does 1-10 citing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 27, 2017, she became the sole beneficiary of a 401(k) plan upon the death of John Welsh. However, the defendant allegedly refused to disburse the proceeds of the pension and retirement plan to plaintiff as promised, despite her having complied with all conditions to receive benefits.
The plaintiff holds Trader Joe's Inc. and Does 1-10 responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to provide plaintiff with the opportunity for a full and fair review of her claim and improperly refused to transfer benefit sums to plaintiff.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against the defendants, award all retirement benefits, designate plaintiff as an eligible participant, monthly pension, attorney's fees, costs of action and further relief as the court may deem just. She is represented by Michael I. Goode of Law Offices of Michael I. Goode in Irvine.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 18-cv-02485