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German Supreme Court (BGH) decides on air carrier liability for passenger fall on boarding bridge

The claimant was about to embark for his flight from Düsseldorf to Hamburg on Feb. 9, 2013, when he slipped on the boarding bridge because of a wet floor caused by condensation. As a result he suffered from a fracture of his patella. He filed a claim for damages against the defendant air carrier. The first instance court (LG Düsseldorf) dismissed the claim and the appelate court (OLG Düsseldorf) confirmed this decision: according to the Montral Convention, the air carrier was only libale for accidents caused by a hazard which was characteristic for aviation.

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Austria: Constitutional Court upholds ban on 'best price' clauses for online hotel booking portals

Effecitve by January 1, 2017, an amendment to the Austrian Unfair Competition Act (UWG) introduced a ban on 'best price' clauses for hotel booking portals. These clauses were qualified as an agressive business practice. According to such clauses, a hotel operator who wanted to sell rooms through online portals had to accept not to offer these rooms for a lower price or at more favourable conditions though any other distribution channel including the hotel's own website.

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U.S. Court: mental anguish compensable under Montreal Convention if it results from an accident that also caused bodily injury

Plaintiff Jane Doe and her eleven-year-old daughter flew aboard Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to Chicago. When she stuck her hand into the seat pocket in front of her, she was unexpectedly pricked by a hypodermic needle that lay hidden within. The needle drew blood from her finger.  Doe was prescribed medication for possible exposure to hepatitis, tetanus, and HIV, and she underwent several rounds of testing over the following year. Thankfully for Doe, all the tests came back negative.

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CJEU: airline crew members can sue their employer at their "home base"

Ryanair and Crew link are companies established in Ireland. Ryanair is active in the international passenger air transport sector. Crewlink is specialised in the recruitment and training of cabin crew for airlines. Between 2009 and 2011, employees of Portuguese, Spanish and Belgian nationality were hired by Ryanair or by Crewlink, then assigned to Ryanair, as cabin crew (air hostesses and stewards ).

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Austrian Supreme Court: sporting operator not liable for banana boat accident

In August 2013, the plaintiff who spent his holidays at an Austrian lake booked a "banana boat ride" operated by the defendant. Before mounting the "banana", the participants were instructed that the banana was likely to capsize and they should cling on tight.  During the ride which was operated in an accurate manner and at reasonable speed the banana, indeed, capsized and the plaintiff was seriously injured on his head probably because he collided with another passenger's body.

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Irish High Court decides against hill-walker injured in fall on boardwalk on mountain slope

The hill-walker fell on a dry day when one foot struck the lip of a hole in a wooden ex-railway sleeper laid as part of a boardwalk in a mountain area of scenic and habitat importance. This caused her to fall forward and her right knee hit raised u-nails hammered into the sleeper and deliberately proud of the surface to prevent slipping in wet conditions. The hole in the sleeper was not wider than her walking boot and resulted from exposure in the open and use over time.

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New Book Review - Turističko pravo/Tourism Law

Authors: Prof. Dr. Dragan Vujisić, Faculty of Law, University of Kragujevac and Doc. Dr. Andrej Mićović, Faculty of Hotel Management and Tourism in Vrnjačka Banja, University of Kragujevac

Reviewer: Snežana Miladinović, Ph.D., Full-time Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Montenegro

The textbook Tourism Law, written in Serbian by Prof. Dr. Dragan Vujisić and Doc. Dr. Andrej Mićović, is one of a number of texts produced by the Faculty of Hotel Management and Tourism in Vrnjačka Banja, University of Kragujevac, Serbia. It was published in late 2016.

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Book Review in English and Spanish

Author: Julio Facal, Manual de Derecho Hotelero, AHRU [Asociación de Hoteles y Restaurantes de Uruguay] RUMBO editorial [info@ahru.com.uy; jfacal@yelpofacal.com], Montevideo, 2016 [2017 second edition, in process];120pp, US $20.

Reviewer:Diego R. Gonzalez. Buenos Aires,. (diegon@me.com). President of Worldwide Airport Lawyers Association – WALA. www.wala.aero

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CJEU decides on disclosure of air ticket price components and cancellation fees

A German Consumer Association (Bundesverband der Verbraucherzentralen und Verbraucherverbände) made a test booking on Air Berlin’s website and found that the taxes, charges and fees applicable to the ticket were indicated as being only 1 Euro or 3 Euro while the real taxes, charges and fees must have been much higher. The Consumer Association regarded this practice as misleading.

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Irish Court of Appeal finds airport authority not liable in negligence for passenger fall on moving escalator.

The 64 year old woman who had never been on an escalator before fell on the moving escalator which was taking her up from the check-in area to the departure area. The escalator was found to have been installed and operating normally in compliance with recommended standards and did not amount to an unusual danger. Video footage showed the woman turned to adjust her carry-on bag on the step below her and lift it up onto the step so that it was beside her. The video also showed she was not holding onto the moving handrail when she lost her balance and fell.

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