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Should United have used force to remove passenger from Chicago flight? An aviation law expert weighs in

Dee Thompson Apr. 14, 2017, 9:33am

The forced removal of a passenger from a flight in Chicago has caused a firestorm of debate over whether or not passengers can or should be forcibly removed from an airplane after they have boarded. A Chicago attorney who practices aviation law, with decades of experience as a lawyer and a pilot, says the airline acted within its rights to remove the passenger, but could have handled the situation better.

United Airlines allegedly discriminated against employee

Louie Torres Apr. 7, 2017, 9:28am

A former employee is suing United Airlines Inc. and a United employee for alleged defamation, racial discrimination and wrongful termination.

Woman alleges United Airlines employee injured her by striking her with tug, baggage cart

Louie Torres Nov. 15, 2016, 10:02am

A pedestrian alleges she was injured after she was struck by a tug operated by a United Airlines employee.

Passenger blames United Airlines, Sky West for injuries aboard flight

Louie Torres May 4, 2016, 12:18pm

CHICAGO — A Chicago passenger is suing United Airlines and Sky West, alleging negligence caused her to be injured during a flight.

Appeals panel: Airlines aren't breaching contract when put passengers' checked bags on separate flights

Dana Herra Jan. 15, 2016, 12:41pm

An airline is under no obligation to make sure passengers and their baggage are transported on the same flight, an Illinois appeals court ruled, upholding a decision of a Cook County judge in dismissing a class action lawsuit on the question. Plaintiff Gina Spadoni had filed a single-count class-action lawsuit against United Airlines in Cook County Circuit Court in 2014, claiming the airline breached its contract with her when it placed her baggage on a different flight.

Ousted GoPicnic Brands CEO says Synergy Law double-crossed her, partnered with investors in 'coup'

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 11, 2016, 4:39pm

The former president and CEO of Chicago-based GoPicnic Brands, which specializes in the production of “healthy” and portable shelf-stable prepackaged meals, has sued Synergy Law Group, a Chicago law firm she said gave her bum legal advice and then partnered with venture capitalists to oust her from leadership of the company she helped found, allegedly costing her millions of dollars. On Dec. 31, Julia Stamberger filed a legal malpractice complaint in Cook County Circuit Court against Synergy.

Frenchman accuses United Airlines of serving ice cream containing glass

Robert Hadley Jan. 7, 2016, 1:29pm

CHICAGO – A traveler from Paris is suing United Airlines, alleging he was served an ice cream sundae containing shards of glass while aboard a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles.

United Airlines flight attendant alleges discrimination

Robert Hadley Oct. 16, 2015, 2:12pm

A veteran flight attendant is suing United Airlines, alleging workplace discrimination.

United management pilots win class action certification to sue the Air Line Pilots Association union over retro pay

Dana Herra Oct. 6, 2015, 11:29pm

A federal judge in Chicago has signed off on class action status for a lawsuit against the Air Line Pilots Association International, or ALPA, by management pilots for United Airlines, who complain they were not fairly compensated in a payout of $225 million in retroactive pay the association distributed on behalf of the airline.

Antitrust litigation climbs vs big four domestic airlines over fees, fare pricing practices

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 17, 2015, 12:25pm

The number of antitrust lawsuits continues to climb in federal courts around the U.S., including in Chicago, against the country’s major domestic airlines, accusing the airlines of colluding to keep their fares and fees artificially elevated. Nationally, federal court records reveal 75 such cases have been introduced in federal district courts against United, American, Southwest and Delta airlines. In Chicago, nine cases have been filed.

Fliers' suit vs United over senior discount program crashes over lack of written contract

Dana Herra Aug. 14, 2015, 4:25pm

A fourth attempt by a pair of airline travelers to sue United for reducing their perks under a seniors program fell flat on Aug. 10, when a three-justice panel of the Illinois First District Appellate Court upheld the Cook County Circuit Court’s dismissal of the case.

Family sues United Airlines, airline worker for wrongful death of bicyclist in Des Plaines

Kevin Shepke Jul. 29, 2015, 2:01pm

A Cook County man is suing United Airlines and an airline employee, alleging negligence in a a relative's death.

Airline passenger alleges injuries from closing overhead compartment

Dan Harkins Jul. 22, 2015, 1:36pm

An airline passenger is suing United Airlines, alleging she was injured while helping to close an overhead bin to prevent luggage from falling during an overseas flight.

Woman blames United Airlines employee for wheelchair fall

Annie Cosby Jun. 26, 2014, 9:30am

A major airline is being sued by a woman who claims she was injured after falling out of her wheelchair while being escorted to her car.

Man's family sues United Airlines, claims attendants' failure to properly respond to inflight medical emergency led to death

Annie Cosby May 16, 2014, 1:00pm

The family of a deceased man is suing United Airlines over claims his inflight emergency turned fatal due to its negligence.

Airline passenger sues after bag falls on head

Melody Dareing Feb. 27, 2014, 9:30am

An woman is suing an airline and an unidentified passenger after a bag fell on her head during boarding.

United Airlines worker sues for emotional distress over text messages

Joel Brakken Dec. 18, 2013, 4:00pm


United Airlines, the city of Chicago named in negligence lawsuit after a woman slips

Joel Brakken Dec. 12, 2013, 11:17am


United Airlines employee sues, claims he was wrongfully accused in crash

Whitney Brakken Dec. 5, 2013, 4:23pm


In-flight assault leads to lawsuit

Thomas Kallies Oct. 17, 2013, 3:58am

Patrick Loughnane filed suit in the Cook County Circuit Court on Oct. 9, naming United Airlines as defendant.Loughnane claims he was flying from Chicago to Orange County, Calif., when he was assaulted by a fellow passenger. Loughnane goes on to say the passenger was disoriented or intoxicated and assaulted the flight crew and other passengers. Loughnane is now suing United Airlines, alleging it negligently