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Hart v. American Airlines, Inc.

Supreme Court of New York
304 N.Y.S.2d 810 (N.Y. 1969)


Facts

An American Airlines (defendant) plane traveling from New York to Kentucky crashed, killing 58 people. Numerous lawsuits were brought against American Airlines in various jurisdictions. One such suit was in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Texas suit). The Texas suit ended in a judgment for the plaintiffs and was the first suit related to the crash to come to a full conclusion. Hart, et al. (plaintiffs) brought this identical suit against American Airlines in New York state court. The plaintiffs filed a motion for summary judgment based on the results of the Texas suit.

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