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Aviation Flyer - Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Forum Non Conveniens - A Defendant’s Initial Impulse Could Be The Riskiest - Providing Information To Expert Witnesses: A Quick Guide To The Proper Procedures And Potential Pitfalls -...more

Case Update: Dawson V Thomson Airways Limited1

Lessons on the interplay between the EC Regulation 261/2004 and the Montreal Convention 1999 relearnt - Court of Appeal confirms limitation under EC Regulation 261/2004 to be determined in accordance with domestic law...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Reverses Forum Non Conveniens Dismissal of International Air Crash Case, But Don’t Equate Pennsylvania...

United States courts facing forum non conveniens (FNC) motions, at least with respect to lawsuits arising out of air crashes that occur outside of the United States, seem to fall into two distinct camps: Cook County,...more

Out Of The Extraordinary: The Court Of Appeal's Judgment In Huzar V Jet2.Com

Court of Appeal hands down judgment on the meaning of "extraordinary circumstances" in the case of cancellation or delay arising out of technical faults pursuant to EC Regulation 261/2004 - It is somewhat regrettable...more

District Court Holds Guyana Not a Party to Warsaw Convention

- In deciding treaty status, courts place "controlling importance" on the governmental conduct of the countries at issue. - Guyana's post-independence accession to other treaties – but its failure to formally accede to the...more

Aviation Defendants Contend with Challenges to Federal Jurisdiction

- An aircraft manufacturer's ability to remove a case to federal court based on admiralty jurisdiction involved consideration of whether "injury became inevitable" while the aircraft was still over water. ...more

Liability Of A Truck Broker In Catastrophic Personal Injury Cases

In the vast majority of personal injury and wrongful death cases involving commercial motor carriers the insurance limits for the motor carrier are sufficient to cover the loss given the required $750,000 minimum limits...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

NY State Appellate Court Sides with Airlines, Dismisses Tarmac Delay-Related Claims

The Second Department in Biscone v. JetBlue Airways Corporation recently dismissed airline passengers’ tort claims against an airline based on the failure to provide food, water and facilities during an 11-hour tarmac delay,...more

Six Reasons to Hire Personal Counsel

Many small to medium-sized business purchase commercial general liability insurance or some other type of business insurance to protect the business against claims or lawsuits. In exchange for premium payments by the...more

Oregon Laws for Pedestrian Right of Way

The laws surrounding pedestrian right of way can be complicated. You need to know 1) when to cross as a pedestrian and 2) when to yield as a motor vehicle driver. Violating any of these laws can cost you big - in both...more

ONCA: Single Vehicle Accident Caused Solely by Driver's "Recklessness"

The Ontario Court of Appeal has just released a decision overturning the trial judge’s findings of liability in a single car motor vehicle accident. In Morsi v. Fermar Paving, Mark Morsi died in a single vehicle...more

More From The BC Court Of Appeal On Causation In Personal Injury Lawsuits

Article by BC Personal Injury and ICBC Claims lawyer Erik Magraken discussing the law of causation in BC personal injury tort trials as recently clarified by the BC Court of Appeal. DISCLAIMER This article is authored...more

Pharmacare Benefits Non-Deductible From Cost Of Future Care Award

Article by BC Personal Injury and ICBC Claims lawyer Erik Magraken discussing the prohibition against Double Recovery in BC personal injury claims and the law relating to future care costs and the non-deductibility of...more

NJ Supreme Court Rules Person Convicted of DWI can Sue Bar for Own Personal Injuries

As previously reported, the Appellate Division ruled that a drunk driver who is involved in an accident can sue a tavern, which allegedly over-served him, for personal injuries. At issue in this case is a provision of the...more

Honeycutt v. Norfolk Southern Railway Company

Kentucky Court of Appeals Decision Affirming Trial Court's Denial of Motion to Reinstate

The Trial Court dismissed a FELA Plaintiff's matter. Thereafter, former Plaintiff's Counsel sought to reinstate the matter. Counsel for NSRC objected, arguing there was no basis for reinstatement under the applicable...more

Kryzanoski v Kaule

Michigan Court of Appeals Applies McCormick v Carrier Retroactively to "Serious Impairment" Claims

In this decision (attached) and another one, Casey v Stachlewitz, Unpublished Decision of the Michigan Court of Appeals, February 22, 2011 (Docket No.295835), the Michigan Court of Appeals has applied the Michigan Supreme...more

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