American Airlines Tip Dispute Rejected By High Court

Law360, New York (November 28, 2011, 4:35 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider an appeal lodged by a group of American Airlines Inc. porters who claimed AA's institution of curbside check-in fees diminished their tips, allegations that bloomed into a nationwide class action.

The high court rejected the porters' bid for reconsideration of a First Circuit ruling earlier this year that cited the Airline Deregulation Act in overturning a Massachusetts federal jury's decision imposing a $333,000 damages verdict against AA for violating state wage laws for tip deduction. The ADA, enacted in 1978, removed government controls on airline pricing.

The Supreme Court's order came in...

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