Skycaps' Claims Revived In United, US Airways Suits

Law360, New York (September 9, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has reopened a proposed wage-and-hour class action against United Airlines Inc. over the carrier's bag-checking fee and reinstated part of a similar suit against US Airways Inc., vacating previous rulings that the skycaps' state claims were preempted by federal aviation law.

Judge Nancy Gertner of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Wednesday granted requests from plaintiffs in both suits to reconsider her September 2009 decisions dismissing the claims as preempted under the Airline Deregulation Act. The judge had dismissed...
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