The watchdog group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a law suit in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals urging the court to suspend the advanced imaging technology (AIT) body scanner program. Well-known consumer advocate Ralph Nader has also joined EPIC in urging Senate hearings on full body scanners at airports. The federal government's brief in the law suit is due by December 15, 2010.
A New York State Supreme Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of online travel agencies, ASTA and the U.S. Tour Operators Association challenging the legality and constitutionality of New York’s amended hotel occupancy tax.
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation's oldest and largest organization of blind people filed a class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against United Airlines. The suit alleges that United is violating the California Disabled Persons Act and the Unruh Civil Rights Act by using airport kiosks that employ touchscreen technology in a manner such that they cannot be used by blind passengers.
While the United States, Canada and Australia insist on access to the passenger name records of all passengers entering their airspace, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) - an independent supervisory authority devoted to protecting personal data and privacy and promoting good practice in the EU institutions and bodies - issued an opinion on the
A multidistrict litigation (MDL) court in California has dismissed claims filed against Air France arising out of an air disaster on a flight between Brazil and France that killed all 228 passengers and crew. In re Air Crash over the Mid-Atl. on June 1, 2009, MDL No. 10-2144 (U.S. Dist. Ct., N.D. Cal., decided October 4, 2010). The passengers and crew were mainly French or Brazilian. However, two of the decedents purportedly were U.S.
Upon a complaint by a consumer, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) found that El Al denied all liability for the loss, damage or delayed delivery of certain items in checked baggage in international transportation, including fragile items, cameras "or other valuables."
The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee postponed an eagerly awaited vote on lifting the ban on travel to Cuba. Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) said lawmakers had too busy a schedule to allow a debate and vote on the Cuba measure. Those supporting the lifting of the ban had hoped the bill would at least get out of the committee to the full House of Representatives before midterm elections in November, in which the Democrats might loose their majority in the House.
The Supreme Court of California has ruled in Lu v. Hawaiian Gardens Casino, Inc., No. S171442 (Aug. 9, 2010) that the California law prohibiting employers from taking or sharing in tips left for employees by customers does not give private litigants a right to sue their employers directly for an alleged misappropriation of tips. The decision settles a split among the state appellate courts.
The Association for Airline Passenger Rights (AAPR) applauded Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia for introducing the “Baggage Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010” (S.3691), and announced its strong support for his legislation. The legislation would end potentially “unfair or deceptive practices” by commercial airlines by requiring them to provide clear pricing information to consumers.