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State Claims Not Always Trumped By RLA: 9th Circ.

Law360 (January 30, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal appeals court has revived a proposed class action against Alaska Airlines Inc. for allegedly failing to pay former employees all the wages they were owed when they left, finding that the Railway Labor Act does not completely preempt the plaintiffs' state law claims.

Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr., writing for a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, ruled Tuesday that the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon mistakenly dismissed the case on the grounds that the...
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