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US Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen, 11-1285

In an ERISA action under section 502(a)(3), which authorizes health-plan administrators to bring a civil action to obtain appropriate equitable relief to enforce the terms of the plan, based on an equitable lien by agreement, the ERISA plan's terms govern. Neither general unjust enrichment principles nor specific doctrines reflecting those principles, such as the double-recovery or common-fund rules, can override the applicable contract.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/16/2013
  • Published 04/16/2013


  • Kagan


  • United States Supreme Court


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