ST. LOUIS — Trustees of a labor group are suing a plumbing company, citing alleged violation of an employee benefits plan.

The Greater St. Louis Construction Laborers Welfare Fund, Brandon Flinn, Danny Jenkins, et al. filed a complaint on July 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against Higginbotham Plumbing Inc., alleging that the defendant violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that despite being employees who were bound by the collective bargaining agreement, the defendant failed to provide accurate and timely monthly reports to the employee benefit funds with a specified amounts. The plaintiffs also claim that they were not permitted to perform a financial examination of the defendant's books and records to easily determine the amount of contributions. 

The plaintiffs holds the defendant responsible for allegedly failing and refusing to submit monthly report forms from April 1 to April 30 or from May 1 to May 31.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek for an interlocutory order to submit reports and audit, award for interest, liquidated damages, costs, accounting fees, attorneys' fees and for any further relief as the court considers appropriate. They are represented by Sherrie A. Hall of Hammon and Shinners PC in St. Louis.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Eastern Division case number 4:17-cv-01987-SNLJ

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