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U.S. Supreme Court: Frequent flier claim preempted by Airline Deregulation Act

Northwest terminated Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg’s membership in its frequent flyer program, apparently based on a provision in the fre­quent flyer agreement that gave Northwest sole discretion to deter­mine whether a participant had abused the program. Rabbi Ginsberg filed a suit, asserting, that Northwest had breached its contract by revoking his membership status without valid cause and had violated the duty of good faith and fair dealing because it terminated his membership in a way that contravened his reasonable expectations.

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IFTTA Law Review 1-2014 available online

The latest edition of the IFTTA Law Review is available in the Members' Section of the webiste. It contains an essay by Josep M. Bech Serrat from Girona, providing an overview of the proposal for a new Package Travel Directive.

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German Supreme Court (BGH) asks CJEU for preliminary ruling in air ticket pricing case

According to Article 23(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community, air fares and air rates available to the general public shall include the applicable conditions when offered or published in any form, including on the Internet, for air services from an airport located in the territory of a Member State to which the Treaty applies.

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CJEU: a Member State must not require an air carrier licensed in another Member State to obtain permission to enter its airspace

International Jet Management, an airline company with its seat in Austria, operated private flights from Moscow and Ankara to Germany without having the authorisation, required by the German legislation, to enter German airspace. In criminal proceedings against International Jet Management, the German Apellate Court (Oberlandesgericht Braunschweig) filed a request for preliminary ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

In its judgement of March 18, 2014, the Grand Chamber of the Court came to the following conclusion:

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Norway: heavy cruise lines to be banned from visiting Svalbard archipelago

Norway is about to implement a heavy fuel oil ban on parts of the Svalbard archipelago in 2015. Such ban would prohibit larger cruise vessels from entering the waters near the archipelago's national parks. Future visits to the area therefore will consist mainly of smaller expedition vessels. The ban is similar to that which came into effect in Antractica in 2011, forcing several cruise lines to cancel itineraries there.

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Ontario: claim against Mexican hotel stayed for lack of jurisdiction

In the spring of 2006, the plaintiff, Angela Haufler, was injured while on vacation in Mexico with her mother, a friend, and the friend's mother. The injury occurred while she was participating in an all-terrain vehicle (“ATV”) excursion.

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Austrian Supreme Court: tour operator liable for floatplane boarding accident

The plaintiff had booked a package to the Maldives with the defendant. The package included a transfer by floatplane from Malé to the island where the hotel was situated. Accorsing to the Operating Manual of the carrier, it is necessary to moor the floatplane with three ropes. The crew is required to stand at each side of the entrance in order to assist the passengers boarding the aircraft. When the plaintiff was about to board, despite some waves the floatplane was only moored with two ropes and only one member of the crew was standing next to the entrance.

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Thomas Cook wins disabled passenger case.

The UK Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Thomas Cook rejecting an appeal by a disabled passenger who was fighting for damages from the operator.  Wheelchair user Christopher Stott took his case to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal dismissed his Claim for damages against Thomas Cook over this treatment on a flight to Greece.  Whilst the Supreme Court accepted that Mr Stott was treated in a "humiliating and disgraceful manner", the Court ruled that damages could not be awarded for injury to feelings under the Montreal Convention.  The ruling confirms the Court's reluctance to in

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