Civil Procedure Keyed to Field
American Airlines v. Ulen
Mrs. Ulen was a passenger on an airplane operated by Defendant. The plane crashed, causing significant injury to Mrs. Ulen. She and her husband separately filed suit against Defendant as a result of these injuries. During the pretrial phase, Plaintiffs served a large number of interrogatories on Defendant and received detailed responses. Plaintiffs then moved for summary judgment in reference to liability, leaving only damages to be determined by trial. Defendant objected, also amending its answer to allege the crashes were subject to the Warsaw Convention, which limits recovery in the absence of willful misconduct. Summary judgment was granted in both suits, and the Ulens were awarded $27,500 in damages by the jury. Defendant appealed, claiming that the grants of summary judgment were in error.
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