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Bennett v. Southwest Airlines Co., 06-3486

In a case involving several individuals' claims against an airline, an airplane manufacturer and the city of Chicago after a plane ran off a runway and crushed a car, district court denial of a motion to remand to state court after removal is reversed and remanded with instructions to return the case to state court where the national regulation of many aspects of air travel does not mean that a tort claim in the wake of a crash "arises under" federal law.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/26/2007
  • Published 04/26/2007


  • Before EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge, and BAUER and WOOD, Circuit Judges.



  • For Appellant:
  • David E. Rapoport (argued), Rapoport Law Offices, William J. Jovan, Nolan Law Group, Antonio M. Romanucci, Romanucci & Blandin, Carlton E. Odim, Shestokas, Raines, Odim & Malavia, Daniel Rose, Kreindler & Kreindler, New York, NY, for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • William T. Cahill, Perkins Coie, Alan L. Farkas (argued), Madsen, Farkas & Powen, Alan J. Brinkmeier, Merlo, Kanofsky & Brinkmeier, Chicago, IL, Jeffrey J. Ellis (argued), New York City, for Defendants-Appellees.
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