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Let’s lighten tone by reviewing a few goofy lawsuits filed against airline industry.
A man, traveling aboard U. S. Airways, was taking a snooze when plane landed in Birmingham, Alabama. Somehow crew managed to leave him on plane. When he awoke from his slumber, man claimed it was really dark and he didn’t know if he was dead or alive. He sued for fright and other harms.
A Delta Airlines passenger won $1.25 million for “landing trauma” after a terrifying emergency landing en route to Cincinnati. Her lawyer contended that episode caused her to suffer post-traumatic stress syndrome (there’s another one of those syndromes again) and aggravation of her pre-existing depression. The judge ruled that her terror during landing led to physical changes within brain and that “could” be defined as an injury.
A government employee sued Air Canada for more than $500,000 because he could not order a 7-Up in French. During a flight, man ordered a 7-Up in French and flight attendant couldn’t understand order. Eventually man ended up with a Sprite. After a heated argument that ultimately required local police to meet plane upon arrival, passenger sued over language dispute (I’m not quite sure how argument went since communication appears to have been problem in first place). Afterward, man said he wanted Air Canada to apologize for not offering services in French and to toss him some pocket change for his trouble.
A judge ruled that Southwest Airlines did not unlawfully discriminate against one of its passengers when airline required passenger to purchase a second seat on one of its flights. The passenger tipped scales at over 300 pounds.
A few days earlier, an official agency in Canada recommended that airlines be forbidden to charge their highly obese passengers for a second seat if a excessively corpulent passenger required one. This recommendation was based on grounds that an highly overweight condition should be counted as a disability entitled to compensation. Twinkie anyone?
If you’re a member of American Airlines’ frequent flyer program, you may have received a class action settlement notice in mail. The brouhaha centers around airline’s decision to raise point level requirement for a free coach class ticket from previous 20,000 mile level to 25,000. Good grief, doesn’t anybody have something better to do with their time? By way, while class member may receive a 5,000 mile discount on a frequent flyer award or up to $75 off purchase of a ticket (minimum ticket price of $220), attorneys are looking to pocket fees “not to exceed $25 million.”
When a lawyer is looking to make a fortune, it seems like sky’s limit these days. Look out below!
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