Northwest Pilots Get Class Cert. In ERISA Suit

Law360, New York (October 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Northwest Airlines Inc. and many of its long-serving pilots will wrestle over the legality of the airline's retirement benefits plan in federal court, now that a judge has certified several classes of pilots challenging the plan on age discrimination grounds because it calls for greater payments to younger, more junior pilots.

Judge Joan N. Ericksen of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on Friday certified five classes of pilots — each made up of pilots over the age of 40 — to pursue...
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