Justices Say Courts Can't Rewrite ERISA Plan Recovery Terms

Law360, New York (April 16, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that courts can't override clear terms in a health benefits plan because they think a plan participant is getting short shrift, but added that U.S. Airways Inc. couldn't recover all the money it used to cover an injured employee's medical costs.

The high court's 5-4 opinion vacated a Third Circuit decision that said the principle of unjust enrichment trumped a clause in a U.S. Airways Employee Retirement Income Security Act plan that said the company had to be reimbursed for...
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