O’Melveny Helps American Airlines Secure Key Ruling in Proposed Class Action, Law360 Notes

January 31, 2017

In the article “American Airlines Pilots Denied TRO In Seniority Suit” published January 31, 2017, Law360 notes O’Melveny partner Mark Robertson’s role advising American Airlines in a proposed class action brought by a group of pilots seeking to block the airline from executing a new integrated seniority list resulting from its 2013 merger with US Airways. The piece details a Pennsylvania federal judge’s key ruling in favor of American Airlines denying a temporary restraining order to the proposed class of pilots.

“US District Judge Wendy Beetlestone denied the pilots' motion after oral argument Tuesday morning. American Airlines had argued against the restraining order, saying that it could potentially ground thousands of flights,” the article said. 

The O’Melveny team was led by partners Robert Siegel and Mike McGuinness, counsel Kelly Wood, and associates Briana LaBriola and Tristan Morales. Robertson argued the case in court.

Siegel, who is based in O’Melveny’s Los Angeles office, is a labor lawyer who represents major companies in federal court litigation under the Railway Labor Act and the National Labor Relations Act, arbitrations, labor negotiations, and employment law litigation and counseling. McGuinness, who also resides in the firm’s Los Angeles office, advises employers regarding a wide variety of labor and employment issues, such as discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, personnel policies and procedures, and other related matters. Robertson regularly represents airlines in various general litigation matters, including passenger removal cases and aircraft lease disputes. He is based in the firm’s New York office.