Here’s your chance to get high and mighty

first_img5 Yongala Court, Castle HillMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“And that’s really what we love so much about this home; the view.“In fact, I’m currently standing in the kitchen, listening to the radio and cooking and looking out to the sea. It doesn’t get much better than that.”But of course, this home’s wow factors don’t stop here.Configured to provide ample leisure, entertainment and storage spaces, this top-quality home has a mix of open-plan and formal living options, each with wonderful aspects. Family and guests will adore the generous sleeping accommodation, with a choice of bedrooms and bathrooms on both levels, ensuring your tenure is timeless. 5 Yongala Court, Castle HillAs you would expect with a home of this size, the garaging is equally generous, with adjoining storage rooms. Best of all, your “drive-on” access is near level which is a rarity on the hill. With the Halpin’s daughter now having moved out of the family home, the couple is looking to downsize and have commissioned Julie Mahoney from Harcourts Kingsberry to the take the property to auction on July 18. 5 Yongala Court, Castle Hill“We were looking for a bigger house with more amenities for our teenage daughter and this property ticked all the right boxes.“In fact, it was perfect for three people.”Positioned in a tightly held cul-de-sac at Yarrawonga, the home’s private location made the owners feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life.“It’s city living with a country outlook as you get Castle Hill on one side but views towards the port from the other side,” Mr Halpin said. 5 Yongala Court, Castle HillWITH its large round-arched windows and hilltop design, this Castle Hill home has true attributes of a palace.But there is one thing missing. A new king and queen of the castle to call this standout property home.Built in 2000, this grandiose property has come to the market only twice in 17 years and most recently has been the home to Robin and Isabell Halpin.“We’ve been here for 10 years when we moved from Alexandra St, so really just 500 metres up the road,” Mr Halpin said. 5 Yongala Court, Castle Hill“Our daughter actually left home three to four years ago so we could have easily sold five years ago but the house just kept us here,” Mr Halpin said.“We just really enjoyed living here but the reality is that the house has just become too big for us to manage.“We’re both retired so the only reason were selling is because it’s time to move on.”last_img read more

Huge drop in Brisbane land prices as SEQ creeps up on $600 sqm

first_imgPRICE PER SQM: Redland $840 (annual change 14 per cent)Brisbane $821 (-25 per cent)Gold Coast $714 (26 per cent)Moreton Bay $663 (18 per cent)Logan $524 (2 per cent)Ipswich $455 (3 per cent) SEQ $581 (14.3 per cent) Source: Oliver Hume Research FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Brisbane’s median price of land is still the most expensive of all six councils in SEQ, but the price per square metre has dropped by a quarter in one year. Picture: AAP Image/Steve Pohlner.THE cost of land in Brisbane has dropped by a quarter in one year, logging the highest fall of all South East Queensland council regions, new data has found.New research from property group Oliver Hume found the price per square metre in Brisbane’s new land market had dropped by massive 25 per cent annually.But, at $821 a square metre, Brisbane was still the second most expensive out of the six SEQ council regions. Only Redland Council had a higher price per square metre for land at $840. The Gold Coast was at the other end of the spectrum, with surging demand seeing a massive 26 per cent rise in the cost of land. At $714 per sqm, it was the region’s third highest price per sqm. Beach shack sells for record $11.2m Brisbane home values stay strong Party like its 1869 in this ‘old-west’ style cabin in the woods Where to buy for under $500,000 Overall Brisbane had the most expensive median land price, hitting at $335,500 after rising 5 per cent in the March quarter. It was still much cheaper than the same time last year, after logging a median price drop of -23.6 per cent over the year, the biggest shift of the council regions.The SEQ average price for new land was “approaching $600/sqm for the first time”, after rising 14.3 per cent to $581 per square metre. The SEQ median retail price for land was $242,000, up 6.1 per cent compared to the March quarter 2017. Lot sizes were also getting smaller on average, falling to 416 sqm. The cost of land per square metre had the largest annual growth on the Gold Coast at 26 per cent.Oliver Hume Queensland general manager Matt Barr expected the state to “take more of the spotlight in 2018 and beyond”.“As more jobs appear and more residents appear to fill them, Queensland has sustained a steady growth in new home building approvals, with the number of new housing approvals outpacing attached dwelling approvals for the first time since early 2017.“This growing population and resurgent economy is expected to have a positive impact on the property market for the foreseeable future. Only time will tell the scale of the impact, but there is little doubt about the direction.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:43Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:43 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Elizabeth Tilley13:44 Owner-occupiers were the key buyer segment in SEQ, the report said, making up 94 per cent of the market in the March quarter, with first home buyers accounting for the majority of the market (72 per cent).“Queensland recently welcomed its five millionth resident, despite a recent increase in the unemployment rate we expect the local economy to continue to power ahead with new jobs attracting workers … these workers will all need somewhere to live.” MEDIAN PRICE OF LAND: Brisbane $335,500 (annual change -23.69 per cent)Redland $320,000 (-2.96 per cent)Gold Coast $319,950 (7.37 per cent)More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoMoreton Bay $265,000 (4.37 per cent)Logan $210,000 (0.96 per cent)Ipswich $204,200 (2.61 per cent) SEQ: $242,000 (6.1 per cent) Source: Oliver Hume Research last_img read more

Robeco appoints successor to CEO Roderick Munsters

first_imgThe €273bn asset manager Robeco has appointed David Steyn as chief executive and chairman of the management board of Robeco Groep. Steyn will succeed Roderick Munsters (pictured), who announced his resignation earlier this month. The Rotterdam-based pure play asset manager said Steyn had more than 35 years of international experience in asset management, as well as in management, distribution and investment roles.He was previously in charge of strategy at Aberdeen Asset Management, as well as COO and head of distribution at AllianceBernstein, based in London and New York. Steyn has studied law at the University of Aberdeen.Robeco’s new chief executive is to start his new job on 1 November.According to Robeco, Steyn will work closely with Munsters to ensure a smooth transition.Steyn is expected to accelerate Robeco’s global growth ambitions.The company was acquired by Japanese firm Orix in 2013.Dick Verbeek, chairman of Robeco’s supervisory board, said: “I am confident we can count on David’s long and proven track record in asset management to lead Robeco and benefit from the opportunities that will arise in the global asset management market in the years to come.”The appointment of Steyn is subject to approval by the Dutch authorities.Munsters, when announcing his resignation, said it was a “natural time” to leave, as Robeco was in good shape with solid financial performance and a strong long-term strategy.Before joining Robeco, Munsters served as CIO at the €353bn civil service scheme ABP and the €166bn healthcare scheme PFZW, in addition to holding a number of investment jobs at insurer Interpolis.He has also been chairman at Eumedion, the Dutch industry organisation for corporate governance.last_img read more

Dutch cabinet decides against extending recovery term for pension funds

first_imgEarlier this year consultancies Mercer and Aon Hewitt predicted that no more than 10 pension funds in the Netherlands would have to apply rights discounts this year given improvements in some market conditions.The coverage ratio of pension funds showed considerable volatility last year, with falling interest rates – the main criterion for discounting liabilities – in particular triggering a funding drop of 8 percentage points on average in the first quarter.Based on this situation, which hadn’t changed at the end of the third quarter, more than two million participants and pensioners were facing rights cuts.The new financial assessment framework (nFTK) allows for the recovery term to be extended in case of extraordinary economic circumstances that would cause a large number of pension funds to fall short of their obligations.Klijnsma, however, noted that approximately 85% of the 290 pension funds still have a funding shortfall, and that full indexation is only allowed if their coverage exceeds 120%.She added that the risk remains that schemes must cut pension rights unconditionally, if their funding stays below the required minimum level of 104.2% during five consecutive years.In other news, the Dutch cabinet said it opposed raising the discount rate for liabilities, as this would benefit older workers and pensioners at the expense of future generations.It drew its conclusion from a study by the Netherlands’ Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), which confirmed that a high discount rate would enable pension funds to grant indexation soon.Future generations, however, would receive up to 30% lower pensions as a consequence, according to the CPB.At the moment, the discount rate, set by DNB, varies from 1.12% for pension funds with a predominanly old population to 1.52% for schemes with mostly young participants. The discount rate includes an ultimate forward rate of 2.9%. The Dutch government has said it would refrain from extending the current 10-year recovery term for pension funds, as only a limited number of schemes need to cut pension rights, following the significantly improved economic situation.In a letter to the Dutch parliament, Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for social affairs, said that rising interest rates and recovering equity markets during the last two months of 2016 had pushed pension funds’ coverage up to 102% on average.As a consequence, supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has concluded that no more than five schemes have to apply rights discounts of less than 1%, according to the state secretary.She added that DNB hadn’t factored in the possibility of a premium increase or additional contribution by an employer that could stave off cuts.last_img read more

Defensor mulls post-ECQ virus containment measures

first_imgDefensor also wanted to see the trendor rate of COVID-19 infection or transmission in Iloilo. * 41-year-old male from Lambunao(region’s Patient No. 28) Some ECQ features may be retained suchas social distancing, the wearing of facemask in public and the prohibition onmass gatherings, according to Defensor. * 21-year-old male from Miag-ao(region’s Patient No. 42) * 44-year-old female from Lambunao(region’s Patient No. 25) ILOILO – The enhanced communityquarantine (ECQ) in this province is scheduled to end on April 30. Will therebe an extension? He also wanted to know the ECQ’seffect on the agriculture sector, and how much local government units have sofar spent for their COVID-19 response. * 70-year-old male from Lambunao(region’s Patient No. 16) * 65-year-old male from Guimbal(region’s Patient No. 2), recovered * 51-year-old female from Guimbal(region’s Patient No. 18), recovered * 58-year-old male from Guimbal(region’s Patient No. 22) * 25-year-old female from BarotacNuevo (region’s Patient No. 36) “That is the best way to understandthe behavior of the virus,” he said. * 52-year-old female from Pavia(region’s Patient No. 38) “Iloilo Cityshould consider prepping for a phased reopening, and scaling back of the localgovernment unit’s (LGU) support for the economy. The phased reopening is astrategy that will protect the people from the (corona)virus while allowinglife to progressively return to normal, albeit a new normal,” according to theprofessors./PN * 26-year-old male from Tigbauan(region’s Patient No. 47. (With a report from LHC, Capitol News) “Thissituation is new to us all. We have no experience in this regard so we need allthe help we can get from the experts,” said Treñas. * 24-year-old male from Tigbauan(region’s Patient No. 46)center_img Defensor’s counterpart in Iloilo City,Mayor Jerry Treñas, said on Monday he hoped to start gradually easing quarantinemeasures by May 1. * 50-year-old male from Pavia(region’s Patient No. 37) The UPV lockdownexit plan was prepared by professors Maria Elisa Baliao, Rhodella Ibabao, HannyJohn Mediodia, Cristabel Parcon, Juhn Cris Espia, and Vicente Balinas. Treñas said therewould still be restrictions on public transport, school classes and religiousgatherings, among others while quarantine rules and regulations are lifted instages or phases. Today, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. ismeeting with Region 6’s Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 and tomorrow withthe municipal mayors to discuss “what type of quarantine and virus containmentprocedures to implement” post-ECQ. Hewelcomed the inputs of professors from the University of the PhilippinesVisayas (UPV). “We are looking for bases and thereare considerations we have to study,” he added, such as the ECQ’s impact on theeconomy. * 48-year-old female from Lambunao(region’s Patient No. 30) * 39-year-old female from Lambunao(region’s Patient No. 27) * 94-year-old male from Miag-ao(region’s Patient No. 31) As of April 21, the province had 18confirmed COVID-19 cases. These were the following: * 22-year-old female from Miag-ao(region’s Patient No. 12), recovered The mayor createdan ad-hoc committee to formulate and prescribe policies for the gradual liftingof the enhanced community quarantine. He forwarded to the committee the UPVprofessors’ proposed lockdown exit strategy. * 59-year-old female from BarotacNuevo (region’s Patient No. 10) Defensor said he had asked for dataon, among others, the number of distressed workers or those adversely affectedby the closure of businesses and other establishments.  * 70-year-old female from Lambunao(region’s Patient No. 29)last_img read more

Wildcats Boys Soccer Team Defeats Centerville Bulldogs

first_imgFranklin County started out hot against Centerville and never stopped, controlling the entire game winning 7-2. The team scored at will and played a very clean game. Cledith Martin scored 3 goals, Grant Suding scored 2, Tommy Ratz scored 1 and Patrick Kolb scored his first varsity goal yesterday! FC looks to take this momentum and use it against Oldenburg and get their third win of the season tonight. Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Dan Gartenman.last_img

SEI Tourney and Middle School Basketball Scores

first_imgThe Batesville 7th Graders wrapped up their season with a semifinal loss to South Ripley 40-38. Both teams fought extremely hard all night. The halftime score was South Ripley out in front 20-14. Batesville turned it up in the 4th making a strong late run, but ultimately fell short. Scoring for the dogs; Cade Kaiser(15), Jacob Stenger(8), Carson Laker(6), Grant Goldsmith(5), Gage Pohlman(2), and Will Jaisle(2). 7th grade finished with a 16-3 record. Great season!  The 8th Grade team came out on top versus Greendale with a final score of 38-33. The Bulldogs came out strong in the first quarter by gaining a 14-4 lead. Batesville got into some foul trouble and Greendale added some pressure which ultimately led to a two-point lead for the Tigers at halftime. It was back and forth all night until a huge three-point shot was made by Chris Lewis late, and eventually a late rebound and putback by Conner Drake sealed the deal. The Bulldogs were balanced all night offensively with Jack Grunkemeyer leading the way with 9 points, followed by Chris Lewis (8), Gus Prickel (7), Conner Drake (6), Sam Johnson (4), and Carter Bohman (4). Batesville plays in the championship of the SEI Tournament on Thursday versus East Central at South Dearborn. The game will follow the 7th-grade championship at 5:30 pm.   Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tyler Burcham.The Cardinals 8th Graders ended their season at 12 and 11 with a loss to Sunman Dearborn in the Southeastern IN Semi-Finals 49 to 26.  The Trojans athleticism was too much for Cardinals who trailed the entire game.  Miles scored 14, Ritter 7, Meyer 3 and Weiler 2.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Chad Miles with Jenny Miles.North Decatur Boys 7th Grade Basketball beat South Decatur High School 54-5. A second lopsided victory in a row for the Boys 7th grade bb team resulted in a 54-5 win over South Decatur. The Chargers jumped out to a quick 17-2 first-quarter lead and never looked back. They were led again in scoring by Parmer with 24, Swartzentruber had his best offensive game of the year with 11, followed by Krieger & Morris with 7 pts. each, and Eldridge & Hancock both chipped in with 2 points. The Charger finished the regular season with a 13-3 record and will play next at Edinburgh on Mon., Jan. 28, in the first round of the MHC Tournament.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Gary Cook.North Decatur Girls 7th Grade Basketball beat Jac-Cen-Del High School 37-15. Tonight marked the season opener for the 7th Grade Girls Basketball team. While a little rough around the edges early on, the Lady Chargers cruised to 22 point victory over the Lady Eagles from Jac-Cen-Del. The Chargers we able to knock in 8 of 17 from the charity stripe; with 10 players on the scoreboard for the Chargers, it was a total team effort tonight. The Lady Chargers will be at home Thursday at 6:00 p.mfacing off against the Spartans of Southwestern (Shelby).Courtesy of Chargers Coach Eric Whitaker.North Decatur Girls 8th Grade Basketball falls to Jac-Cen-Del High School 57-16. Kunz lead scoring with 8 points. Abrams with 3 points going 1-2 on the free-throw line. Motz for a 3 pointer. Ogden for 2 points on the drive. Courtesy of Chargers Coach Becky Bingham.last_img read more

US Open Apologises over Violation of ‘Sex’ Code

first_imgAlize Cornet came back to court after 10 minute heat break. Had her fresh shirt on back to front. Changed at back of court. Got a code violation.King, who won four singles titles in New York, stated on Twitter that the rule was “outdated and impractical” while the WTA said it was “unfair” that men were able to sit shirtless courtside in the heat with no violation.The temperatures were over 95 degrees with almost 50 percent humidity. On the court, it often felt worse – 105 degrees inside Bille Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. with players changing between games and wearing ice bags around their necks.U.S. Open officials apologized to Cornet and clarified the ruling Wednesday.It wasn’t the first clothing-related controversy to hit the tennis world this week.The president of the French Tennis Federation stated that the French Open would ban catsuits at future tournaments. Serena Williams wore a Black Panther inspired in Paris this spring that helped the 23-time Grand Slam winner with preventing blood clots.King also spoke out in defense of Williams, who reached the Wimbledon finals less than a year after giving birth to her daughter, saying that “the policing of women’s bodies must end.”Williams will play on Arthur Ashe Stadium tonight, this time in a black tutu, while Cornet’s tournament ended with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Alize Cornet U.S. Open officials apologised to France’s Alize Cornet a day after issuing her a code violation for changing on the court.After leaving the court on Tuesday for a 10-minute heat break, Cornet returned to start the third set against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson. But the former world-No. 11’s shirt was on backwards and when she changed on the baseline, the chair umpire issued her a warning.The WTA, Billie Jean King and former Great Britain FedEx Cup captain Judy Murray issued statements calling the violation sexist.last_img read more

Injuries, lineup shuffles derail Syracuse volleyball’s chemistry, season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 28, 2014 at 12:06 am Last week during practice, head coach Leonid Yelin called for his players to get into their first rotation.Junior setter Gosia Wlaszczuk looked at her coach and said, “Which rotation is first?” The Orange was less than a week removed from freshman Leah Levert returning to the court and sophomore Valeriya Shaipova was injured.Wlaszczuk had lost track of her teammates.Now with two outside hitters injured and three players in new positions, SU (8-13, 1-8 Atlantic Coast) is struggling to find on-court chemistry as its season winds down. Wlaszczuk has few options to pass to on the offensive side while SU’s defensive specialists, Yelin said, simply aren’t playing at an ACC level.When asked how injuries affected his team, Yelin was flabbergasted.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Injuries? Oh boy. A lot. A lot,” he said, flailing for the right words to describe his unprecedented situation.Shaipova tore her ACL last season, leaving her to rehab for most of the summer. Against Pittsburgh on Oct. 12, she reinjured her knee and Yelin said she won’t play again this season.Over the summer, outside hitter and projected starter Nicolette Serratore injured her ankle and was declared out for the season. Three weeks ago, Levert took a ball to the head in practice and missed three games due to the injury.Chemistry is key in volleyball, Yelin said, because the ball never stops and timing has to be perfect between teammates.“The way you’re breathing, I already know where you are,” Yelin said of an ideal team. “The way you call for the ball, I already know when and what you expect from me.”With Shaipova and Serratore out, Yelin was forced to move middle blocker Monika Salkute to outside hitter.In the team’s lone ACC win against Wake Forest, Salkute led the team in attempts and kills. In two of the three previous games, Salkute failed to register five kills.“I don’t know how many options I would normally have because I’m just starting,” said Wlaszczuk, a first-year setter. “I just think this team has had such bad luck.”When Salkute is hitting well, Wlaszczuk can spread the ball around more. Against Wake Forest, middle blocker Lindsay McCabe had eight kills on double-digit attempts while Wlaszczuk herself had 11 attempts and five kills and the Orange won.In the previous weekend against Miami and Pittsburgh, only the primary option, outside hitter Silvi Uattara, was producing. In each game, Uattara recorded 21 kills on 66 opportunities, which Yelin said is far too many.The only other player to produce consistently that weekend was McCabe, who has had to take on more of an offensive role this season.“If we don’t have that strength on the outside, then I really have to get more balls in and start putting the ball down,” she said.Yelin said the plan was always for blockers to hit but that it isn’t possible without a good first pass, either when serve receiving or digging opponents’ hits.“We don’t have (defensive specialists) on the level of ACC unfortunately,” Yelin said. “That’s why our serve receive is shaky.”Yelin said he knows that these are growing pains from moving to the ACC last year, a much better volleyball conference than the Big East.The head coach has accepted reality and until the team improves with stronger recruiting, he will work with what he has.“When we were serve receiving well, you could see our team. Same game, (depending on) serve receive, same players looks like stars or look …” Yelin said, before pausing. “I’m not going to say how.” Commentslast_img read more

Supreme Court denies USC petition for ERISA case

first_imgThe U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear USC’s petition regarding whether  or not the University can settle a retirement dispute outside the court in February. With the denial, the case will default to a lower court decision that the dispute can be handled in court. The lawsuit originally filed against the University in 2016 states that changes made that March removed one of USC’s four recordkeepers and cut its investment options for employees and retirees from 340 to 34. Jerry Schlichter, the lawyer representing the nine current and former USC employees, said the University allegedly charged employees excessive fees as part of their retirement plans and allowed investment firms with low performance histories to be included as options in their plans.  Law firm Schlichter, Bogard & Denton represents the USC employees and retirees and is involved in similar cases against Northwestern University, Cornell University and Columbia University among others.  “The employer, USC, has the obligation to work [for] the sole benefit of the employees and retirees,” Schlichter said. “It is held to the standard of an expert in the financial world because they’re investing very substantial sums and are charged with knowing what fees should be charged.  Following the Supreme Court’s denial, the lawsuit will now proceed through the Los Angeles court system. Schlichter said the goal of the suit is to compensate past employees and retirees for alleged excessive fees and losses from investment firms that shouldn’t have been included in the plan. He said the law firm will work to determine the amount of compensation past employees and retirees should receive. “What we have found is that some, but certainly not all universities, have operated for decades as if they’re not covered by the law that requires them to act for the sole benefit of their employees,” Schlichter said.   The American Association of Retired Persons submitted an amicus curiae brief, a piece written by a person or group who are not party to the case but would like to influence the court decision. The brief urged the ninth circuit court to uphold the Los Angeles court’s decision to deny arbitration.center_img “The panel concluded that the dispute fell outside the scope of the arbitration agreements because the parties consented only to arbitrate claims brought on their own behalf, and the employees’ claims were brought on behalf of the [Employee Retirement Income Security Act] plans,” the opinion from the appeals court read.  The decision reaffirms a ruling in July by the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The ruling stated that the arbitration agreements employees signed did not require employees to handle their disputes outside of court because they brought the claims on their own behalves. Previously, the Los Angeles district judge also ruled against handling the case through arbitration. The University, which is represented by the Gibson Dunn law firm, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.  Nine current and former University employees will be able to settle their case against USC retirement plans in court, despite signed arbitration agreements from some employees that required them to handle individual disputes in private meetings. “AARP and the AARP Foundation are gratified that the appeals court’s ruling remains the law of the land in this circuit,” AARP vice president for litigation Dean Graybill wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “Congress in ERISA intended to give pension plan members ready access to the courts for claimed breaches of fiduciary duty, and the Ninth Circuit’s opinion preserves that access.” last_img read more