U.S. Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Nov 27, 2012
|Apr 16, 2013||5-4||Kagan||OT 2012|
Holding: In an action brought under Section 502(a)(3) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which authorizes a civil action “to obtain . . . appropriate equitable relief . . . to enforce . . . the terms of the” ERISA plan, based on an equitable lien by agreement, the terms of the ERISA plan govern. However, when there are gaps in the plan, equitable doctrines may be used to properly construe it.
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Judgment: Vacated and remanded on April 16, 2013. Justice Scalia filed a dissenting opinion, in which Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Thomas, and Justice Alito joined.
- Opinion analysis: If the agreement governs, the agreement governs (Kevin Amer)
- Argument recap: What would Lord Coke do? (Kevin Amer)
- Argument preview: What is “appropriate equitable relief” under ERISA? (Kevin Amer)