O’Melveny & Myers LLP Scores Significant Victory for Asiana Airlines in Dismissal of Antitrust Claims Suit

April 18, 2011


CONTACT:        Andrea Rodeschini

                        O’Melveny & Myers LLP




                        Piper Hall

                        O’Melveny & Myers LLP

                        202-220-5022 (office)

                        (202) 870-1800 (cell)


WASHINGTON, DC -- APRIL 18, 2011 -- O’Melveny & Myers LLP scored a significant victory for client Asiana Airlines in obtaining the dismissal of state law treble damage antitrust claims. 


In the attached opinion issued from the US Court of Appeals from the Ninth Circuit on Monday, April 18, the opinion deals with the question of first impression, namely whether the Airline Deregulation Act applies to Foreign Air Carriers, such as Asiana Airlines.  The Circuit’s ruling affirmed the dismissal of state law claims, resulting in the dismissal of hundreds of millions of dollars of state law treble damage antitrust claims.  The court’s ruling also affirmed that the claims lack appellate jurisdiction over the state law plaintiffs' attempt to challenge a Case Management order assigning them their piece of the case. 


The O’Melveny Washington, DC team was led by partners Ian Simmons and Sri Srinivasan.


Please contact Andrea Rodeschini or Piper Hall at the phone numbers and email addresses listed above to arrange an interview with Ian Simmons.


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