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Arendes v. United Airlines Inc.

Case Summary

On September 23, 2021, John Arendes, (“Arendes” or “Plaintiff”), represented by Stephen M. Smith of Stephen M. Smith, Esq., filed a personal injury lawsuit against United Airlines Inc., (“United” or “Defendant”), seeking compensatory relief plus, interest, costs, and attorneys’ fees for the alleged physical assault which occurred due to Defendant’s negligence, on October 4, 2019, in the County of New York, State of New York, in which a passenger of Defendant airline assaulted Plaintiff. This case was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York. 

 

In the complaint, Plaintiff alleged that, “On October 4, 2019, Arendes was a passenger on a United Airlines flight AU1013 from Denver airport, Denver to LaGuardia Airport, New York.” “The flight AU 1013 departed Denver International Airport and arrived at LaGuardia Airport, New York at approximately 12.00am.” “At approximately 12.00 am, the Plaintiff disembarked the flight and headed to the luggage carousel. While taking the escalator to the lower floor of LaGuardia Airport, Terminal B, Plaintiff was physically assaulted by four passengers from flight AU1013.”

 

Plaintiff further alleged that, “Defendant, United Airlines, Inc. was negligent in the operation, maintenance and control of their Flight AU1013, which caused Arendes to suffer severe personal injuries.”

 

Plaintiff lists out two claims for relief. The first claim is for negligence, and the second claim is for United’s reckless and/or intentional conduct. Plaintiff alleged that United knew or should have known that the four unruly passengers being allowed to remain on the flight were a risk to other passengers. Upon information and belief, United knew, or should have known, that after witnessing the aggressive behavior of their four passengers and removing them temporarily from the flight, it was reckless and negligent to allow the four passengers to reboard the flight prior to departure. Upon information and belief, United recklessly and intentionally failed to take proper measures to combat the danger posed by its unruly passengers to other passengers on the flight. United’s acts and/or failures to act under the circumstances of this case were outrageous in that United’s conduct amounted to reckless indifference to the safety of their passengers. As a direct, substantial, and proximate result of the reckless or intentional conduct of United, as set forth above, Plaintiff suffered serious injuries and damages.

 

In the prayer for relief, Plaintiff requested the court to award compensatory damages in favor of Plaintiff in an amount to be determined by the finder of fact in accordance with the proof, plus interest at the legal rate until paid and award punitive damages against Defendants for their conduct in willful and wanton disregard of the rights of Plaintiff in an amount to be determined by the finder of fact in accordance with the proof, plus interest at the legal rate until paid. Further, Plaintiff requested the court for an award of costs and attorney’s fees pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1988 and such other relief as may be deemed just and proper.

 

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Case Details

  • Case Number:

    7:21-CV-07937

  • Filing Date:

    09/23/2021

  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Personal Injury - Airplane

 

Party Details

Plaintiff

John Arendes

Defendant

United Airlines

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Plaintiff Attorney

Stephen M. Smith

Attorney at Stephen M. Smith, Esq

2020 Maple Hill Street

Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

 

Court Documents

#3

(#3) CIVIL COVER SHEET filed..(Smith, Stephen) (Entered: 09/23/2021)

#2

(#2) REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to United Airlines Inc., re: #1 Complaint. Document filed by John Arendes..(Smith, Stephen) (Entered: 09/23/2021)

#1

(#1) COMPLAINT against United Airlines. (Filing Fee $ 402.00, Receipt Number ANYSDC-25100843)Document filed by John Arendes..(Smith, Stephen) (Entered: 09/23/2021)

 

Docket Entries

  • 09/23/2021
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  • Docket(#3) CIVIL COVER SHEET filed..(Smith, Stephen) (Entered: 09/23/2021)

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  • 09/23/2021
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  • Docket(#2) REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS as to United Airlines Inc., re: #1 Complaint. Document filed by John Arendes..(Smith, Stephen) (Entered: 09/23/2021)

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  • 09/23/2021
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  • Docket(#1) COMPLAINT against United Airlines. (Filing Fee $ 402.00, Receipt Number ANYSDC-25100843)Document filed by John Arendes..(Smith, Stephen) (Entered: 09/23/2021)

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