Court rejects passenger’s “principal and permanent residence” argument in subject matter jurisdiction dispute

Razi v. Qatar Airways Q.C.S.C. (S.D. Tex. Feb. 6, 2014).  A passenger traveling on a roundtrip ticket for transportation originating in Pakistan alleged she was burned by a hot beverage served by a flight attendant during a flight from Doha, Qatar, to Houston.  The passenger filed a lawsuit in a Texas state court, which the airline … More Court rejects passenger’s “principal and permanent residence” argument in subject matter jurisdiction dispute

Federal court slices, dices and dismisses ticket-related complaint on subject matter jurisdiction grounds

Onyiuke v. Cheap Tickets, Inc. & Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited (D.N.J. Dec. 31, 2009).  In August 2008, the plaintiff purchased a ticket, through CheapTickets.com, for roundtrip travel from Newark Liberty International Airport to Lagos, Nigeria, connecting in Gatwick Airport.  The first segment was to be on a Continental flight in mid-December 2009, and the connecting flight … More Federal court slices, dices and dismisses ticket-related complaint on subject matter jurisdiction grounds

Third Circuit upholds summary judgment for airline in overbooking case

Kalick v. Northwest Airlines Corp. (3d Cir. (N.J.) Mar. 29, 2010).  Northwest bumped the customer from a flight from Kansas City to Philadelphia.  The customer responded by filing a lawsuit in federal district court, alleging that Northwest had violated 14 C.F.R. § 250.9 by failing to provide him compensation for the bumping and also asserting state … More Third Circuit upholds summary judgment for airline in overbooking case

Passenger price-fixing case dismissed on subject matter jurisdiction grounds

McLafferty v. Deutsche Lufthansa A.G. et al. (E.D. Pa. Oct. 16, 2009).  In her class action complaint, the plaintiff alleged that Lufthansa, Air France, KLM and Alitalia had engaged in price fixing in violation of the Sherman Act.  She alleged that, at a 2003 IATA meeting, the airlines agreed to impose surcharges on fares for passenger … More Passenger price-fixing case dismissed on subject matter jurisdiction grounds

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 that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction in case against Spanish airline involving passenger in-flight death

Aikpitanhi v. Iberia Airlines of Spain (E.D. Mich. Mar. 31, 2008).  The plaintiffs’ son died during an Iberia flight from Spain to Nigeria in 2007 while being deported.  The plaintiffs sued Iberia, alleging that Spanish law enforcement agents, by their conduct before and during the flight, caused the death of their son and that airline … More Court rules that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction in case against Spanish airline involving passenger in-flight death

Court rejects plaintiff’s “place of destination” argument in subject matter jurisdiction dispute

Baah v. Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 7, 2007).  An infant traveling on a roundtrip ticket from Heathrow to JFK was burned by a hot beverage during the outbound flight.  The infant’s father brought a personal injury action against the airline on his son’s behalf in a New York court, alleging liability under the … More Court rejects plaintiff’s “place of destination” argument in subject matter jurisdiction dispute