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U.S. Supreme Court Recognizes Airline Immunity for TSA Reports of Suspicious Behavior

In Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper (Jan. 27, 2014), the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that airlines are entitled to civil immunity for reporting suspicious behavior to the TSA, provided their reports are not “materially...more

"You Like 'To-May-Toe,' I Like 'To-Mah-Toe'" – Distinctions Without a Material Difference: Supreme Court Reverses Lower Court...

The events of September 11 were by no means the first examples of terrorism involving aviation, but they unified the U.S., if not the world, in its effort to make air travel safer. It was in the wake of 9/11 that Congress...more

Supreme Court Reiterates that New York Times Actual Malice Standard Requires Materially False Statements

On Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously reversed a $1.2 million Colorado defamation verdict in the case of Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper—a notable decision for a court that rarely accepts libel...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Airline Entitled to ATSA Immunity in Pilot Defamation Case

In Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that immunity may not be denied under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) to substantially true statements. According to the Court,...more

Supreme Court Finds Air Carrier Immune From Defamation Claim For Reporting Employee’s Outburst to TSA

On January 27, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States reversed a nearly $1.2 million jury verdict for defamation against Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation in a case surrounding the airline carrier’s report about a...more

SCOTUS: Airlines Are Entitled to Immunity under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act Unless Statements Are Materially...

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper, 571 U.S. ---, No. 12-315 (2014), holding that immunity for an air carrier under the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, 49...more

Hailey French’s Story – When millions barely cover the bills. [Video]

Every time we help a client recover a multi-million dollar verdict, we hear some people say, “How can you justify millions of dollars for one person’s injury?” We used to say that if you really wanted to understand, you...more

Truck Accident Lawyers in Texas

There are millions of commercial trucks (often called 18-wheelers) on the roads of the United States these days transporting different foods, goods, and products from manufacturers to retailers. Big rigs are the largest...more

Two Killed in Westminster Motorcycle Accident

Two Garden Grove residents have been killed in a Westminster motorcycle accident, according to a news report....more

Anaheim Crash Injures Six People

A multi-vehicle crash in Anaheim has sent six people to area hospitals with injuries, according to a news report....more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Parental Child Abduction Case on ADA Preemption Grounds

In a significant decision for the airline industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the district court's summary judgment dismissal of common law tort claims against an airline arising out of a...more

5 Steps to Take Immediately After a Car Accident

Car accidents are devastating. Many victims are disorientated after an auto accident. In most cases, there is noticeable damage to the vehicles involved. Sadly, there may also be serious or fatal injuries to those...more

Tractor-Trailer Accident Cases: Do Not Overlook the Tractor-Trailer With Defective Brakes

Many tractor-trailer collisions are caused because of the defective nature of the brakes of the tractor-trailer. Tractor-trailer brake systems typically use air pressure rather than hydraulic fluid to engage the brakes. Such...more

Tractor-Trailer Accident Cases: Do Not Overlook the Tractor-Trailer That Exceeds the Maximum Weight Limit

In an effort to haul as much materials or cargo as possible, tractor-trailers often are loaded to their maximum capacity. The massive size and weight of such tractor-trailers present unique issues when they are involved in...more

7 Seal Beach Residents Injured in Casino Bus Crash

Seven passengers from Leisure World in Seal Beach traveling to a San Diego County casino were injured when the tour bus crashed near Valley Center, according to a news report....more

Tractor-Trailer Accident Cases: Do Not Overlook the Driver Who Exceeds the Maximum Driving Time

In this day and age of rapid transport of goods and tight shipment deadlines, it is not at all uncommon for tractor-trailer drivers to work long hours on the highway. Sometimes the weariness of long, continuous highway...more

Tractor-Trailer Accident Cases: Do Not Overlook the Driver Who Exceeds the Maximum Driving Time

In this day and age of rapid transport of goods and tight shipment deadlines, it is not at all uncommon for tractor-trailer drivers to work long hours on the highway. Sometimes the weariness of long, continuous highway...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Transactions: Amendments to 1976 LLMC Convention Increase Maritime Accident Exposure for LNG Vessel Owners –...

The Convention of Liability for Maritime Claims 19 November 1976 ("1976 LLMC" or the "Convention"), as amended by the Protocol of 1996, is a convention designed primarily to limit liability for shipowners for maritime...more

Aviation Flyer - Spring 2013

In This Issue: - The United States Supreme Court’s Competing Guidance Regarding Personal Jurisdiction Over Foreign Manufacturers - Recent French Appeals Court Decision in Concorde Crash Step Forward Towards...more

LAPD Officer's Daughter Arrested in Deadly Gardena Hit-and-Run

A young woman whose father is a sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) was arrested for the hit-and-run death of a 60-year-old man riding his bicycle in Gardena. The 22-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion...more

New Hours-of-Service Regulations Effective Today, July 1, 2013

Legal Alert: The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that new federal regulations designed to reduce truck driver fatigue took full effect today, July 1, 2013. ...more

Geoffrey Scimone v. Carnival Corporation

Order Affirming Denial of Defendant's Motion for Removal

On July 1, 2013 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit held that plaintiffs in separate lawsuits could not be joined together for purposes of complying with the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA).The Court rejected...more

Former Westminster City Manager Killed in Laguna Canyon Bicycle Accident

A former Westminster police chief and city manager has been killed after being hit by a Toyota Corolla on the southbound 133 highway, according to a news report....more

Los Angeles Bus Driver Killed By Tow Truck Driver

A bus driver for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) was killed in downtown Los Angeles when a flatbed tow truck traveling at sixty miles per hour ran a red light at Broadway and slammed into her. The...more

ATSA Immunity: Supreme Court Grants Cert to Decide Bounds for Applying Immunity Under the Aviation Transportation Security Act

The Supreme Court granted certiorari yesterday to decide whether a court can deny immunity under the Aviation Transportation Security Act (ATSA) in a defamation case without first deciding whether an airline’s report to the...more

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