US Airways V. McCutchen Spurs Revision Of ERISA Plans

Law360, New York (April 26, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT) -- Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held in U.S. Airways v. McCutchen that in a Employee Retirement Income Security Act Section 502(a)(3) action for equitable relief to enforce an ERISA plan’s terms, the terms govern the specific right to relief, while equitable doctrines provide default legal rules.

On one hand, the plan’s terms cannot be overridden by equitable doctrines of unjust enrichment that are at odds with those terms. On the other, in construing those terms, courts may use these doctrines to “fill in the gap” left by the terms’ silence on an issue in dispute. As the precise plan language can...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!