Airline lawsuit threatens delays for FAA reauthorization bill

January 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: The Hill

As government regulators and Congress struggle to determine the reasons behind a rash of near-collisions between airlines, a lawsuit against a Raytheon subsidiary that trains air traffic controllers could give critics more cause for concern.

Airline safety experts are keeping a close watch on the $1 billion lawsuit’s progress. A guilty verdict or settlement would have serious airline safety implications and could complicate Congress’s efforts to pass a long-delayed reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bill this year.

A U.S. District judge ruled Thursday that Raytheon Technical Services Co. must defend itself against a lawsuit brought by Washington Consulting Group Inc. in local D.C. court. [Full story]

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