No. 09-804.

131 S.Ct. 1866 (2011)

563 U.S. 421

CIGNA CORPORATION, et al., Petitioners, v. Janice C. AMARA et al., individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated.

Supreme Court of United States.

Decided May 16, 2011.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Theodore B. Olson , Washington, D.C., for Petitioners.

Stephen R. Bruce , Washington, DC, for Respondents.

Edwin S. Kneedler , for United States as amicus curiae, by special leave of the Court, supporting the Respondents.

Joseph J. Costello , Jeremy P. Blumenfeld , Jamie M. Kohen , Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Philadelphia, PA, Theodore B. Olson , Amir C. Tayrani , John F. Bash , Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington, D.C., for Petitioners CIGNA Corporation and CIGNA Pension Plan.

Thomas G. Moukawsher , Moukawsher & Walsh, Hartford, CT, Christopher J. Wright , Timothy J. Simeone , Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP, Washington, D.C., Stephen R. Bruce , Washington, DC, for Respondents.

Justice BREYER delivered the opinion of the Court.

In 1998, petitioner CIGNA Corporation changed the nature of its basic pension plan for employees. Previously, the plan provided a retiring employee with a defined benefit in the form of an annuity calculated on the basis of his preretirement salary and length of service. The new plan provided most retiring employees with a (lump sum) cash balance calculated on the basis of a defined annual contribution from CIGNA...


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