A wrongful-death trial in connection with the fatal crash of a Gulfstream III in Aspen, Colo., on March 29, 2001, started last month in Los Angeles Superior Court. The plaintiffs, representing the families of three of the 18 people killed in the accident, are seeking damages from the aircraft owner, operator and the estate of the pilots, who were also killed in the crash.
Gulfstream Aerospace has filed a motion asking the Chicago Cook County Circuit Court to dismiss a United BizJet Holdings lawsuit or stay all proceedings on the grounds that the litigation was filed in violation of “alternate dispute resolution” (ADR) agreements between the two companies.
Six pilots–all previously employed by the former fractional operator Raytheon Travel Air of Wichita before its March 21 merger with Flight Options of Cleveland–have filed two separate lawsuits alleging wrongful discharge from their jobs.
XtraJet, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based charter firm, has become the second operator to be sued by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners for allegedly committing repeated violations of the noise restrictions at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). Earlier, the board filed a similar suit against charter operator Pacific Jet. The Pacific Jet case is awaiting assignment of a trial date.
Four pilots suing their former employer, Flight Options, for allegedly firing them for their union-organizing activities following the merger with Raytheon Travel Air last year (AIN, October 2002, page 74) filed a motion on September 22 in the Federal District Court in Cleveland for summary judgment against the fractional operator.
AOPA and seven New York flight schools filed a lawsuit in federal court, challenging the constitutionality of the state law requiring criminal background checks for all flight school students. “This law is unnecessary, discriminatory, anti-business and ineffective,” said AOPA president Phil Boyer, “and it violates the U.S.
A bankruptcy court judge has set a date of August 4 to hear arguments related to Hawaiian Airlines’ request to bar Mesa Air Group subsidiary Go! from selling tickets for inter-island travel for one year. The motion for a preliminary injunction, filed in late June, cites Mesa’s alleged misuse of confidential information disclosed during Hawaiian’s 2004 bankruptcy.
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