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O'Melveny's Representation of US Airways in Dispute with Pilots' Union Noted by Law360November 04, 2011 O'Melveny's defense of US Airways in litigation with a class of former America West Airlines Inc. pilots was noted by Law360 in a November 2, 2011 article. The case is a declaratory judgment action brought by US Airways, which wants to be absolved of liability in a dispute between warring pilot factions stemming from the two airlines' 2005 merger.
In a victory for O'Melveny and US Airways, US District Judge Roslyn O. Silver certified the approximately 1,900 America West pilots over the objections of co-defendant US Airline Pilots Association, a union that contended the proposed class was over-inclusive, according to the legal newswire. Law360 reported in the article, "Ex-AWA Pilots Win Class Cert. In US Airways Merger Feud," that Judge Silver said certification is necessary to keep the pilots properly organized and that absent certification, it is possible US Airways would be required to engage in mutually exclusive types of conduct.
The O'Melveny team is led by Labor and Employment Practice Group partners Robert Siegel, Mark Robertson, and Chris Hollinger, and counsel Ryan Rutledge.