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Statement from PBGC Director Josh Gotbaum on the Option to End Lump-Sum Pension Payments

December 14, 2012

WASHINGTON — Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Director Josh Gotbaum released the following statement today on the agency granting American Airlines the ability to stop lump-sum payments under a new regulation for companies operating under bankruptcy court protection:

"This is what happens when government and business rolls up their sleeves to make things better. The new rule gives companies another way to preserve pensions."

In re AMR Corp et. al., No. 11-15463 (PBGC Statement filed December 14, 2012) (supporting American Airlines’ Motion for a finding that amending its pilots’ pension plan to eliminate lump-sum and installment forms of benefit is necessary to avoid a termination of the plan). [PDF]

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