A Delaware judge has thrown out a more than $1 billion lawsuit against Continental Airlines by former Eastern Airlines pilots seeking back pay and jobs denied them after Continental filed for bankruptcy court protection in Delaware in 1990.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary Walrath in Wilmington ordered the pilots to dismiss their suit against Continental and directed them to pick up the tab for the airline’s legal bills as a sanction for seeking to relitigate claims discharged as part of Continental’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

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