States, Chamber Tell 9th Circ. To Redo Virgin Air Wage Ruling

Law360 (May 4, 2021, 5:14 PM EDT) -- The full Ninth Circuit should reconsider a panel decision that federal aviation laws don't preempt California meal and rest break requirements, because the ruling conflicts with precedent and could have widespread consequences, states and industry groups urged in briefs supporting Virgin America Inc.

In amicus briefs filed Monday, 13 states, industry groups and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce argued that the panel's decision in a $77 million class action that the Airline Deregulation Act did not preempt California meal and rest break rules for flight attendants threatened the airline industry.

Thanks to the Airline Deregulation Act, "the price of flying has...

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