AMR Judge Axes Class Action Over Pilot Seniority

By Maria Chutchian (June 4, 2014, 2:25 PM EDT) -- The judge who oversaw AMR Corp.'s bankruptcy threw out a class action on Tuesday accusing the airline and the Allied Pilots Association of discriminating against former Trans World Airlines Inc. pilots by refusing to consider reinstating seniority they lost 13 years ago.

The lawsuit stems from American Airlines Inc.'s acquisition of TWA in 2001, which caused the TWA pilots to lose their seniority as they were integrated into the combined workforce. Those pilots were compensated with "special job opportunities" at American's St. Louis hub, but that location was later shut down during AMR's bankruptcy.

An arbitrator was appointed to handle the...

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