Court analyzes definition of “international carriage” under Montreal Convention

Jones v. USA 3000 Airlines (E.D. Mo. Feb. 9, 2009).  During a flight from St. Louis to Jamaica, a flight attendant allegedly pushed a service cart into the passenger’s knee, causing damage to the passenger’s “entire nervous system which had been severely shocked and deranged.”  The passenger filed a lawsuit against the airline in state … More Court analyzes definition of “international carriage” under Montreal Convention

Court’s narrow view of Montreal Convention preemption results in remand to state court

Narkiewicz-Laine v. Scandinavian Airlines Systems (N.D. Ill. Sept. 12, 2008).  In his state court complaint, the passenger claimed that (i) the airline’s delay of a certain international flight in March 2008 caused him to miss his connecting flight, and (ii) the airline refused to refund his ticket for an international flight scheduled for June 2006, … More Court’s narrow view of Montreal Convention preemption results in remand to state court

Court rules on summary judgment motions in charter flights class action

In re Nigeria Charter Flights Contract Litigation (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 25, 2007).  In 2002, World Airways, Inc. and Ritetime Aviation and Travel Services, Inc. entered into a charter aircraft services agreement under which World agreed to supply Ritetime with round-trip flights between points in the U.S. and Lagos, Nigeria.  The charter flights began but, by the … More Court rules on summary judgment motions in charter flights class action

Montreal Convention inapplicable where injured passenger unable to prove that airline regarded multi-airline carriage as “single operation”

Kruger v. United Air Lines, Inc. (N.D. Cal. Nov. 1, 2007).  While waiting on a jetway to board a flight from San Francisco to Seattle, the passenger was inadvertently struck on the head by a backpack swung by another boarding passenger.  The passenger was able to board but became “dazed and nauseated” during the flight … More Montreal Convention inapplicable where injured passenger unable to prove that airline regarded multi-airline carriage as “single operation”

Warsaw Convention preempts passenger tort claim against airline

Small v. America West Airlines, Inc. (D.N.J. Oct. 30, 2007).  The passenger alleged that the airline was liable under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act because it had tortiously denied losing his baggage, thereby preventing him from filing a claim against his insurance company.  The airline argued that the passenger’s state law claim was preempted … More Warsaw Convention preempts passenger tort claim against airline

Passengers’ state law seating and routing claims held preempted

Onwuteaka v. Northwest Airlines, Inc. and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (S.D. Tex. May 10, 2007).  The passengers, a family of four, had two grievances concerning their international flight.  First, their request for “adjoining seats” was not honored.  Second, “[f]ive hours into their flight from Amsterdam to Nigeria, the plane was abruptly piloted back to Amsterdam … More Passengers’ state law seating and routing claims held preempted

Airline’s liability limited even for baggage checked against passenger’s will

Booker v. BWIA West Indies Airways Limited (E.D.N.Y. May 8, 2007).  After the passenger had boarded the aircraft for a flight from JFK to Guyana in 2004, the airline required that she check, “against her will,” two bags she was carrying.  When the passenger arrived in Guyana both bags were missing.  The bags did reappear four … More Airline’s liability limited even for baggage checked against passenger’s will