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ASSAULT AND BATTERY a twa flight attendant who was shoved by a passenger while in flight was awarded just over $2 million by a federal judge on June 12. Zohar Billing, 49, asked passenger C. Peter Houtenbos to let her hold his cellphone after he ignored repeated admonitions not to use it while the plane was airborne. Houtenbos surrendered the phone but later grabbed at Billing’s smock to retrieve it and shoved her into a galley counter. He then made threatening remarks, went into the lavatory, came out and hovered around her. She sued him, alleging back injuries and emotional distress. Houtenbos defaulted. Billing v. Houtenbos, No. 2:00-cv-0032 PGR (D. Ariz.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY: Howard Shalowitz, St. Louis DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Defendant defaulted

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