With the recent spate of incidents aboard airliners, lawmakers are feeling pressure from their constituents to ban airlines from bumping passengers when overbooked. But a lawyer working in aviation law said passengers shouldn't let one incident overturn a system he says actually benefits passengers.
Should United have used force to remove passenger from Chicago flight? An aviation law expert weighs in
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.
Appeals panel: Airlines aren't breaching contract when put passengers' checked bags on separate flights
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.
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.
United management pilots win class action certification to sue the Air Line Pilots Association union over retro pay
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.
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.