Leighton v. Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Full title: Timothy Leighton, John Taney, Arlen Orth, Richard Terry, and William Wallace, individually and as representatives of a class of similarly situated persons, Plaintiffs, v. Delta Air Lines, Inc. and Administrative Committee of Delta Air Lines, Inc., Defendants.

Court: United States District Court, District of Minnesota

Date published: Mar 31, 2022


This is a putative class action brought by five retired employees of Delta Airlines. Plaintiffs claim that the Delta Airlines Administrative Committee (hereinafter “Delta” or “Delta AC”) unreasonably interpreted the terms of their pension plan such that their pension benefits were wrongfully reduced. Specifically, the Plaintiffs claim that that their workers’ compensation settlements, each of which was paid as a lump sum rather than in monthly payments-permitted reduction of their Social Security benefits by a prorated sum, but did not permit a corresponding reduction of their pension benefits once they retired



Based on the files, records, and proceedings herein, and for the reasons stated above, IT IS ORDERED THAT:

1. Defendants’ motion for summary judgment [ECF 68] is granted

2. Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment [ECF 59] is denied.

3. Plaintiffs’ Motion to Certify Class [ECF 54] is denied as MOOT.

4. Plaintiffs’ Motion to Exclude Defendants’ Expert Testimony [ECF 62] is DENIED as MOOT.

5. The action is DISMISSED with PREJUDICE.


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