United Tries To Bag Skycaps' Claims

Law360, New York (August 14, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- United Airlines Inc. has asked a judge to dismiss a proposed wage-and-hour class action over the carrier's bag-checking fee, arguing that federal aviation laws preempt the suit's state law claims.

The air carrier's motion, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, argues that the Federal Aviation Act and Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 bars the skycaps' claims, filed under the Massachusetts Tips Law.

The plaintiffs consist of a proposed class of all skycaps "who have worked at United Air Lines terminals...
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