Action Lawsuit Filed Against AirTran Airways
March 23, 2010 -
Motley Rice LLC, one of the nation's largest plaintiff's litigation
firms, announces Monday that it has filed a putative class action
lawsuit in South Carolina against AirTran Airways, Inc. (Airtran), on
behalf of putative class representative Sandie Mallard, alleging that
AirTranís negligence and breach of contract resulted in significant
financial loss when AirTran failed to operate flights on which it sold
tickets. Former Inspector General for the
Filed in the Court of Common Pleas for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina, the lawsuit Sandie Mallard v. AirTran Airways, Inc., claims that the low-cost air carrier is responsible for breach of contract, negligence and negligent misrepresentation. These allegations follow the voiding of thousands of confirmed and paid for tickets on domestic and international AirTran flights into and out of South Carolina, and the company's alleged subsequent failure to notify costumers of cancellations, rebook alternate flights and or immediately refund ticket prices.
"As a teacher at Stratford High School, I have students who look to me
each day for guidance," said Plaintiff Sandie Mallard, "and I owe it to
them to stand up for myself no matter how intimidating the opponent.
Airline passengers are tired of being taken advantage of by airlines
that not only violate contracts but ignore passengers' rights to honest
and lawful treatment. The airline needs to be held accountable to
ticketed passengers who rightfully expected that AirTran would transport
them after selling them tickets or at least immediately tell passengers
AirTran had made its final departure from
Despite confirming her reservation, AirTran terminated Mallard's flight and flights of other customers. The airline made no known effort to notify customers of its intention to cease service and seemingly concealed its intent to not honor the confirmed reservations. Since Mallard has come forward, numerous individuals have also reported similar financial loss due to travel experiences with AirTran.
Mallard is Motley Rice attorney and former Inspector General for the
U.S. Department of Transportation Mary Schiavo, who said, "Sandie
Mallard needlessly spent thousands of her own dollars due to AirTran's
actions. We will do everything we can to hold this organization
failure of AirTran to promptly notify and rebook or immediately refund
Mallard and other AirTran customers whose flights were similarly
terminated has resulted in substantial financial losses on the part of
the putative class, including the cost of last-minute replacement
airfare and other losses, charges, surcharges and expenses incurred as a
result of AirTran's failure to provide transportation.
The lawsuit claims that the defendant should be held responsible for these losses because of negligent business practices and breach of contract. On behalf of Mallard and the other plaintiffs in the putative class, the lawsuit seeks compensatory damages due to AirTran's cancellation of service and reckless and deceptive practices.
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