In a setback for airlines, a federal appeals court has ruled that a passenger who falls while disembarking from a plane has a right to sue under state tort laws because the pre-emptive effects of the Federal Aviation Act do not apply once a plane has come to a complete stop at its destination.

In Elassaad v. Independence Air Inc., a unanimous three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals clarified the meaning of a 1999 decision and explained that seemingly broad language in that ruling nonetheless has limits.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]