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Editor's Note :

There is a possibility of opinions on Wednesday, February 22. We will begin live-blogging at 9:45 a.m.
On Wednesday the court hears oral argument in Kindred Nursing Centers Limited Partnership v. Clark. Ronald Mann has our preview.

U.S. Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
11-1285 3d Cir. Nov 27, 2012
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Apr 16, 2013 5-4 Kagan OT 2012
 
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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.

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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.   JudgmentVacated and remanded on April 16, 2013. Justice Scalia filed a dissenting opinion, in which Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Thomas, and Justice Alito joined.
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