5th Circ. Kills Airline Workers' Hearing Loss Suit

By Jonathan Capriel (August 5, 2021, 7:48 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit refused to keep alive a lawsuit by United Airlines flight attendants claiming a plane's smoke alarm caused permanent hearing loss, finding that they "squandered" their chance to follow the lower court's orders when it came to establishing jurisdiction.

The appellate court on Wednesday affirmed a federal Texas judge's decision to dismiss Lee Marvin Sanders' and Matthew Sodrok's 2018 lawsuit against Boeing Co., Kidde Technologies Inc. and Jamco America Inc. The plaintiffs failed to establish subject-matter jurisdiction by not properly saying in which state they were "domiciled." They also failed to name the principal places of business for the...

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