ADA preempts passenger’s negligence claims arising from impact with video monitor

Fawemimo v. American Airlines, Inc. (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 30, 2017).  While approaching her seat on a flight from JFK to LAX, the passenger/plaintiff hit her head on a video monitor mounted on a bulkhead wall of the 767 aircraft.  The plaintiff alleged in her pro se state court complaint against American that the monitor was “reckless … More ADA preempts passenger’s negligence claims arising from impact with video monitor

Court relies on Montreal Convention’s “act of public authority” liability exclusion in cargo spoilage case

Best Value Kosher Foods, Inc. v. American Airlines, Inc. (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 12, 2016).  Best Value arranged for cheese it had purchased in France to be shipped by American from Paris to New York.  The day after the cargo arrived at American’s JFK cargo terminal, American stored it in a cooler and notified Best Value’s agent … More Court relies on Montreal Convention’s “act of public authority” liability exclusion in cargo spoilage case

Court rules that rejected pre-litigation settlement demand does not create entitlement to attorneys’ fees under Montreal Convention

Bytska v. Swiss International Air Lines, Ltd. (N.D. Ill. Nov. 28, 2016).  In her 45-page complaint, the passenger/plaintiff alleged that Swiss and Ukraine International Airlines were liable under the Montreal Convention and EU 261 due to delays in her flights from Kiev to Chicago via Zurich.  As part of her claim under the Convention, the … More Court rules that rejected pre-litigation settlement demand does not create entitlement to attorneys’ fees under Montreal Convention

Air cargo carrier enforces contractual liability limitation against shipper’s claim

Golden Hawk Metallurgical, Inc. v. Federal Express Corporation (E.D. Mich. Oct. 4, 2016).  The plaintiff, a metal refinery, shipped two packages to its customers via FedEx.  According to the plaintiff, the packages contained gold and diamonds valued over $33,000, but the plaintiff did not declare any value for either shipment.  The plaintiff alleged that FedEx … More Air cargo carrier enforces contractual liability limitation against shipper’s claim

Ninth Circuit confirms inviolability of Montreal Convention’s two-year lawsuit filing limit

Von Schoenebeck v. Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (9th Cir. Aug. 10, 2016).  During a 2008 KLM flight from Amsterdam to San Francisco, Ms. Schoenebeck sustained neck and back injuries when a seat backrest collapsed.  Less than two years after the flight arrived in San Francisco, Ms. Schoenebeck filed an action against KLM in South Africa.  … More Ninth Circuit confirms inviolability of Montreal Convention’s two-year lawsuit filing limit

Airline that took all reasonable measures in response to bird strike not liable for international travel delay

Bernfeld v. US Airways, Inc. (N.D. Ill. Apr. 20, 2016).  The plaintiffs, three family members, were traveling from Israel to Chicago, with a connection in Philadelphia.  The US Airways aircraft that was to operate the connecting flight sustained a bird strike en route to Philadelphia and was removed from service so the airline could conduct … More Airline that took all reasonable measures in response to bird strike not liable for international travel delay

Airline not liable for refusing to board customer who admitted she appeared to be drunk

Pipino v. Delta Air Lines, Inc. (S.D. Fla. July 18, 2016).  When the plaintiff lined up at the gate to board the flight from LaGuardia Airport to Tampa, she was not at her best; she had a chipped a tooth the previous night, had a painful blister on her foot and had consumed three alcoholic … More Airline not liable for refusing to board customer who admitted she appeared to be drunk