Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
James F. Jorden argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the briefs were Waldemar J. Pflepsen, Jr., Stephen H. Goldberg, David C. Aspinwall, Thomas H. Lawrence, and John M. Russell.
Paul R. Q. Wolfson argued the cause for the United States as amicus curiae in support of petitioners. On the brief were Acting Solicitor General Underwood, Deputy Solicitor General Kneedler, Beth S. Brinkmann, Judith E. Kramer, Allen H. Feldman, Nathaniel L. Spiller, and Gary K. Stearman.
Richard G. Taranto, by invitation of the Court, 532 U.S. 917, argued the cause as amicus curiae urging affirmance. Jeffrey S. Pop filed a brief for respondent Janette Knudson.*
Scalia, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Rehnquist, C. J., and O'Connor, Kennedy, and Thomas, JJ., joined. Stevens, J., filed a dissenting opinion, p. 221. Ginsburg, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Stevens, Souter, and Breyer, JJ., joined, p. 224.
United States Supreme Court.
Justice Scalia, delivered the opinion of the Court.
The question presented is whether § 502(a)(3) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 88 Stat. 891, 29 U. S. C. § 1132(a)(3) (1994 ed.), authorizes this action by petitioners to enforce a reimbursement provision of an ERISA plan.
Respondent Janette Knudson was rendered quadriplegic by a car accident in June 1992. Because...
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