The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that an airline customer cannot sue after being thrown out of a frequent flyer program.
On a 9-0 vote, the court said Rabbi Binyomin Ginsberg cannot pursue his claims against Northwest Airlines Corp, which ceased operations in 2010 after merging with Delta Air Lines Inc. He claimed breach of contract under Minnesota state law.
The court held the federal Airline Deregulation Act barred Ginsberg’s lawsuit. The act says states have no say in regulating the price, route or service of an air carrier.
Rabbi Ginsberg sued in 2009, saying he and his wife were thrown out of the program a year earlier for filing too many service complaints. He said the airline told him it took action in part because he allegedly sought compensation after booking reservations on full flights, knowing he would be bumped to another flight.
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