Southwest persuades court to shut down boarding pass company’s operations

Southwest Airlines Co. v. BoardFirst, L.L.C. (N.D. Tex. Sept. 12, 2007).  BoardFirst went into business in 2005 to assist Southwest passengers in obtaining the coveted “A” group boarding passes.  “A” boarding passes are obtained by the first 45 passengers to check in, and “A” passengers are the first to board the aircraft.  A BoardFirst customer … More Southwest persuades court to shut down boarding pass company’s operations

ARC files lawsuit seeking damages for unreported sales

Airlines Reporting Corporation v. PVO Travel Corp. and Pete Victor Obuljen (E.D. Va. Apr. 18, 2007).  ARC has filed a lawsuit against PVO Travel Corp., which does business as Globetrotter Travel, and Obuljen seeking damages of $286,605 for unreported sales and dishonored drafts.  ARC alleges in its complaint that the defendants, a terminated agent and its … More ARC files lawsuit seeking damages for unreported sales

Fifth Circuit upholds restitution sentence in certificate fraud case

U.S. v. Klouse (5th Cir. (Tex.) Dec. 15, 2006).  An American Airlines employee fraudulently used the company’s Travel Authorization Certificates to have tickets for 88 flights issued for friends and family members.  The employee pleaded guilty to use of unauthorized access devices in violation of 18 U.S.C. sec. 1029(a)(2). On appeal, the employee challenged the portion of … More Fifth Circuit upholds restitution sentence in certificate fraud case

Airline fights back against certificate brokering

Northwest Airlines, Inc. v. Bauer (D. N.D. Dec. 15, 2006).  Since the early days of the Internet, various web site owners have brazenly offered to buy and sell airline discount and upgrade certificates, a direct violation of the terms governing such certificates.  To add insult to injury, these sites have often used airline logos and other valuable trademarks to promote their illicit services by confusing consumers into believing … More Airline fights back against certificate brokering

U.S. airline obtains personal jurisdiction over European online travel agent

TravelJungle v. American Airlines, Inc. (Tex. App. Dec. 14, 2006).  TravelJungle is an online travel agent that uses software to automatically harvest information from airline web sites.  TravelJungle’s principal places of business are in Europe and it has no U.S. employees. American sued TravelJungle in a Texas state court for violating AA.com’s use agreement, which prohibits use of site information for “commercial … More U.S. airline obtains personal jurisdiction over European online travel agent