The Axelrod Firm’s attorneys have particular experience in aviation matters including in Commercial Disputes, AIR-21 actions, and Product Liability actions. As a result, Ms. Axelrod is quite fluent in reading flight records for Part 91 and Part 135 flights.
- Served as an Arbitrator on a Large, Complex Aviation Dispute between a charter airline company and its broker over the broker’s fees for bringing professional sports teams and rock stars to the airline as customers. The matter involved numerous multimillion dollar claims and counterclaims that were litigated over the course of a 7-business days-long arbitration, revolving around a lengthy commercial contract that called for the broker’s fees to be paid at rates that depended on numerous variables. Each side in the action was represented by a team of lawyers. The panel’s 70-page arbitration award was not appealed.
- Represented parties in an AIR21 matter, from the start of the case to a full blown trial and ultimately, in a confidential settlement.
- Successfully defended an aerospace component part manufacturer from post-trial claims in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and an appeal to the Third Circuit against claims that its seal was defectively designed and caused flammable fluid to reach the engine manifold of a military helicopter, leading to the deaths of all Marines onboard. After the jury had found for the defense, Plaintiffs filed post-trial motions claiming many errors and that a new trial was required. After multiple briefs before the district court and oral argument thereon, the court denied Plaintiffs post-trial motions. Plaintiff appealed and after multiple briefs before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Third Circuit affirmed.
- Represented an airline and wrote two briefs in federal court cases that were published in the Aviation Litigation Reporter, including a brief filed in the Supreme Court of the United States in an action brought under the Warsaw Convention, “Brief of Northwest Airlines, Inc. in Opposition to the Petition for a Writ of Certiorari,” Grimes v. Northwest Airlines, Inc. Successfully defended the airline in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and in the Supreme Court of the United States, in litigation arising from a claim by a passenger aboard an international flight. The passenger alleged that his refusal to leave a seat to which he was not assigned, and his subsequent arrest and removal from the flight by airport police: (1) caused him to suffer an “accident which caused damage” within the meaning of Article 17 of the Warsaw Convention; and (2) was outside of the limitation of liability provision in Article 25 of the Warsaw Convention. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted summary judgment in favor of the airline on the passenger’s claims. After briefing, the Third Circuit affirmed. After the Opposition to the Petition for a Writ of Certiorari, the Supreme Court denied certiorari.