In this issue, Boston Partner Tory A. Weigand discusses recent Federal Court decisions pertaining to commercial airlines and passenger disputes including claims and issues relating to preemption under the Airline Deregulation Act, as well the Montreal Convention with specific reference to the following cases:

Airline Deregulation Act: Preemption-Breach of Contract/Rescission

  • Bugarin v. All Nippon Airways, Ltd, 2021 WL 175940 (N.D. Cal. 2021)

Airline Deregulation Act: Preemption Implied Contract/Air Ambulance

  • Dyer v. Air Method Corporation, 2020 WL 7398711 (D. S.Car. 2020)

Breach of Contract and 14 CFR s. 250

  • Coastal Air Transport v. Lockhart, 2020 WL 7060039 (V. Islands 2020)

Airline Deregulation Act: Preemption/Breach of Contract/Refund

  • Klutho v. Southwest Airlines, Co., 2020 WL 6703283 (E.D. Miss. 2020)

Travel Insurance: Standing and ADA Preemption

  • Vallarta v. United Airlines, Inc., 2020 WL 6271151 (N.D. Cal. 2020)

Discrimination/False Imprisonment/Negligence: Passenger Removal/Detention

  • Murphy v. American Airlines, Inc., 2020 WL 7347856 (C.D. Cal. 2020)

Federal Aviation Act Preemption/Breach of Contract: Passenger Removal

  • Mamokos v. United Airlines, Inc., 2020 WL 6324358 (E.D. N.Y. 2020)

Class Action Waiver and Temporal Claim Limitation

  • Roman v. Spirit Airlines, Inc., 2020 WL 5746830 (S.D. Fla. 2020)

ADA Preemption and Defamation

  • Mennella v. American Airlines, Inc, 824 Fed. Appx. 696 (11th Cir. 2020)


  • Grullon v. Delta Air Lines, Inc., 2020 WL 4261121 (E.D. N.Y. 2020).

Montreal Convention: Preemption

  • Meirer v. Scandinavian Airlines System, 2021 WL 148240 (N.D. Cal. 2021)

Montreal Convention: Accident/False Imprisonment

  • Dagi v. Delta Airlines, Inc., 961 F.3d 22 (1st Cir. 2020)

Montreal Convention: Accident/Article 17

  • Moore v. British Airways, PLC, 2020 WL 76996994 (D. Mass. 2020)

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