No. 11-1285.

133 S.Ct. 1537 (2013)

185 L.Ed.2d 654

US AIRWAYS, INC., in its capacity as fiduciary and plan administrator of the US Airways, Inc. Employee Benefits Plan, Petitioner v. James E. McCUTCHEN et al.

Supreme Court of United States.

Decided April 16, 2013.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Neal Kumar Katyal , argued, Washington, DC, for Petitioner.

Joseph R. Palmore , for the United States as amicus curiae, by special leave of the Court, supporting neither party.

Matthew W.H. Wessler , Washington, DC, for Respondents.

Noah G. Lipschultz , Littler Mendelson, P.C., Minneapolis, MN, Susan Katz Hoffman , Littler Mendelson, P.C., Philadelphia, PA, Neal Kumar Katyal , Counsel of Record, Catherine E. Stetson , Dominic F. Perella , Mary Helen Wimberly , Sean Marotta, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Washington, DC, for Petitioner.

Leslie A. Brueckner , Arthur H. Bryant , Public Justice, P.C., Oakland, CA, Peter K. Stris , Brendan S. Maher , Stris & Maher LLP, Dallas, TX, Matthew W.H. Wessler , Counsel of Record, Leah M. Nicholls , Public Justice, P.C., Washington, DC, Jon R. Perry , Paul A. Hilko , Rosen Louik & Perry, P.C., Pittsburgh, PA, for Respondents.

Justice KAGAN delivered the opinion of the Court.

Respondent James McCutchen participated in a health benefits plan that his employer, petitioner U.S. Airways, established under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq. That plan obliged U.S. Airways to pay any medical expenses McCutchen incurred as a result of a third party's actions — for example, another person's negligent driving. The plan in turn...

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