US Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen: Third Circuit Logic Fails to Hang Together

On November 16, 2011, a panel of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals decided US Airways v. McCutchen, No. 10-3836, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 22883 (3d Cir. Nov. 16, 2011). The Court claims to respond to the Sereboff court’s argument left open by footnote two in the Supreme Court’s decision in Sereboff v. Mid-Atlantic, which the Court declined to address because it was not raised in the district court or the Fourth Circuit: “…even if the relief Mid Atlantic sought was ‘equitable’ under § 502(a)(3), it was not ‘appropriate’ under that provision in that it contravened principles like the make-whole doctrine.”

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