Northwest Workers' Suit Tossed, Counsel Sanctioned

Law360, New York (March 30, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has ruled that counsel for Northwest Airlines Corp. quality service assistants who sued their union violated Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by not conducting a “reasonable investigation” into whether all of the plaintiffs were ever employed as QSAs at Northwest, and has granted summary judgment to the union.

Judge Stephen J. Murphy of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Monday implemented most of a magistrate judge's recommendations, which were largely in favor of the union.

Judge Murphy adopted...
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