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

Montreal Convention applies, and time-bars, passenger’s claims despite injury’s occurrence during domestic flight

Cattaneo v. American Airlines, Inc. (N.D. Cal. Sept. 24, 2015).  The passenger/plaintiff traveled roundtrip on American’s flights between LAX and Cozumel, Mexico, via DFW, in June 2011.  In her complaint filed in November 2014, the plaintiff alleged that, during the DFW-LAX flight, a flight attendant gave her “an unlidded cup of hot water,” which spilled … More Montreal Convention applies, and time-bars, passenger’s claims despite injury’s occurrence during domestic flight

Montreal Convention two-year limitation period not subject to tolling under local law

Duay v. Continental Airlines, Inc. (S.D. Tex. Dec. 21, 2010).  After arriving in Texas on a Continental flight from Switzerland, the plaintiff discovered at the baggage claim area that his custom-fitted wheelchair had been damaged.  Continental provided the plaintiff with a replacement wheelchair, which he used for the remainder of his trip in the United … More Montreal Convention two-year limitation period not subject to tolling under local law

Montreal Convention two-year limit enforced in baggage case

Onyekuru v. Northwest Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (N.D. Ill. Sept. 14, 2007).  In August 2006, the passenger filed a lawsuit against the airlines seeking damages for the alleged theft of items from the baggage she had checked for her June 2004 flight from Nigeria to Chicago.  The airlines moved for summary judgment on … More Montreal Convention two-year limit enforced in baggage case

Injured passenger embraces Warsaw Convention then tries, without success, to avoid it

Sanchez-Morrabal v. Omni Air Services, Co. (D. Puerto Rico July 6, 2007).  Way back in 2001, the passenger fell off a ramp and injured his leg while boarding an aircraft in Honduras for a flight to Puerto Rico.  In his 2006 lawsuit against the airline, one of the passenger’s causes of action was for relief under … More Injured passenger embraces Warsaw Convention then tries, without success, to avoid it

Airline’s summary judgment motion under the Warsaw Convention denied because passenger had not been “embarking”

Dick v. American Airlines, Inc. (D. Mass. Mar. 12, 2007).  The international travel itinerary of the plaintiff and her elderly mother, who required wheelchair assistance, included a connecting flight at Miami International Airport.  American provided (through a contractor) a wheelchair escort to assist the plaintiff’s mother in getting from the arrival gate to the departure … More Airline’s summary judgment motion under the Warsaw Convention denied because passenger had not been “embarking”