The Americanization Of Aviation Claims

Law360, New York (November 9, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- “As a moth is drawn to the light, so is a litigant drawn to the United States.” — Smith Kline & French Lab. Ltd. v. Bloch, [1] W.L.R. 730 (1983).

This article highlights the potential exposure for airlines and aviation defendants sued in American courts, and it provides examples of the “Americanization” of aviation cases arising out of non-U.S. incidents.

We discuss the recent development of “blocking statutes,” which make forum non conveniens transfers of U.S. itigation to another forum more difficult.

We also offer strategies...
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