Ex-TWA pilots win lawsuit against ALPA stemming from 2001 AA merger

A New Jersey federal court jury decided Wednesday that the Air Line Pilots Association didn’t do a proper job of representing Trans World Airlines pilots during TWA’s 2001 merger with American Airlines.

Most of those pilots were furloughed soon after the merger as American slashed capacity post-Sept. 11, and the ex-TWA pilots subsequently sued ALPA, American Airlines and the Allied Pilots Association.

The case has dragged on for nearly a decade after its 2002 filing.

A federal district judge dismissed the case against all defendants in 2003, but a federal appeals court in 2004 reinstated the case against ALPA.

What this means remains to be seen. The jury decision was simply a determination that ALPA violated its duty of fair representation during the merger process.

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