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Rental car companies and deceptive marketing tactics

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- October 17, 2018 09:02

In this week’s travel law article, we examine several rental car cases involving deceptive and unfair marketing practices of which consumers should be aware. The recent decision of the 11th ... Read More

Honeymooner loses finger when heavy metal door slams shut: Is cruise line liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- October 10, 2018 09:44

In this week’s travel law article, we examine the case of Horne v. Carnival Corporation, No. 17-15803 (11th Cir. June 29, 2018) wherein the Court noted that “On their honeymoon, ... Read More

Sexual assault of minor on cruise ship: Is Royal Caribbean Cruises liable?   

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- October 3, 2018 14:42

In this week’s travel law article, we examine the case of L.A., minor v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., Case No. 17-cv-23184-Gayles/Otazo-Reyes (S.D. Fla. June 22, 2018) wherein the Court noted ... Read More

Avoiding dangerous vacations 2018

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- September 19, 2018 21:27

This is the sixth year that we have posted dangerous vacations destination information collected from news articles and reported law cases. Read More

High-stakes Las Vegas gambler commits suicide: Is the casino liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- September 13, 2018 01:59

Plaintiffs allege that Defendants lured Decedent into debt (and psychological distress & suicide) by enticing him to gamble in Las Vegas. Read More

Blind airline passenger intimidated by Federal Air Marshal: Is Delta Air Lines liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- September 5, 2018 22:17

In the case of Gardner v. United States of America, Delta Air Lines, Gardner sued based upon his interactions with an air marshal. Read More

Cruise passenger breaks ankle during “moderate” shore excursion: Is cruise line liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- August 29, 2018 21:13

In the case of Brown v. Oceania Cruises, Inc., Plaintiff (aged 78) broke her ankle after choosing a "moderate" cruise line activity. Read More

Cruise cancelled because of Hurricane Harvey: Is Royal Caribbean liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- August 22, 2018 20:37

McIntosh v. Royal Caribbean Cruises: class action from a cancelled cruise that was set to leave but coincided with Hurricane Harvey. Read More

Retaliatory placement on the No Fly List: Are federal officers personally liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- August 8, 2018 20:42

Examining legal case where “complaint alleged in retaliation for refusal to serve as informants, federal officers put names on ‘No Fly List’. Read More

Above-the-knee amputation after eating “Jersey Shore Sampler”: Is the Windrift Hotel Resort liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- August 2, 2018 01:17

Windrift Hotel guest orders “Jersey Shore Sampler," consumes raw clams resulting in a leg infection that led to an above-the-knee amputation. Read More

Raped at the Holiday Inn Chicago Skokie: Is the hotel liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- July 25, 2018 20:22

A guest at the Holiday Inn Chicago-Skokie after eating dinner and consuming alcohol in the restaurant, went to her room where she was raped. Read More

Airline passenger dies during flight: Is Virgin America liable under California’s Elder Abuse Act?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- July 19, 2018 23:58

n the case of Balukjian v. Virgin America, Inc., the complaint alleges her father died due to violation of California’s Elder Abuse Act. Read More

Death on the “Carnival Dream” cruise ship: Is the cruise line liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- July 11, 2018 20:21

A case arises as a result of a death on the last day of a roundtrip cruise from New Orleans to the Caribbean on the Carnival Dream ship. Read More

Rape at the French Lick Resort & Casino: Is the hotel liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- July 4, 2018 21:33

Did French Lick Resort owe a duty to its invitee to protect her from a criminal attack by an unknown assailant while she was in her room? Read More

Horseback rider killed in Yellowstone National Park: is Xanterra Parks & Resorts liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- June 27, 2018 22:35

In this week’s travel law article, we examine the case of Dullmaier v. Xanterra Parks & resorts, Nos. 16-8017, 16-8049 (10th Cir. (2018) wherein the Court noted that “A Wyoming ... Read More

Airbnb guest severely injured traversing stairs in home of Airbnb host: Is Airbnb liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- June 21, 2018 00:18

In this week’s travel law article, we examine the case of Carroll v. American Empire Surplus Lines Insurance Co., Civil Action No. 16-2589 ( E.D. La. 2017) wherein the Court ... Read More

The return of the Chinese tick case: Total award to injured student tourist of $41.5 million affirmed on appeal

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- June 6, 2018 20:29

In this week’s travel law article, we re-examine the very important Chinese Tick Case which we first discussed in 2014 . After years of appeals the case has finally been ... Read More

Student tourist drowns in Costa Rica

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- May 31, 2018 03:29

In this week’s travel law article, we examine the case of Thackurdeen v. Duke University, No. 1:16CV1108 (M.D.N.C. 2018) wherein “Plaintiffs Roshni Thackurdeen and Raj B. Thackurdeen filed the present ... Read More

Majestic Rivers of Europe cruise cut short: Is forum selection cause enforceable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- May 24, 2018 03:41

In this week’s travel law article, we examine the case of Hebert v. Vantage Travel Service, Inc., Civil Action No. 17-10922-DJC (D. Mass. 2018) wherein plaintiffs contracted with defendant “for ... Read More

Raped at a Holiday Inn in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- May 17, 2018 01:18

In this week’s travel law article we examine the case of Robin Hutchings v. InterContinental Hotels Group, PLC. & SC Hotels and Resorts (Jamaica) d/b/a Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay, ... Read More

Volunteer crew member on racing sailboat struck by main sheet

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- May 10, 2018 00:32

In this week’s travel law article, we examine the case of Ray v. Lesniak, No. 2:16-cv-1752-DCN (D.S.C. (2/22/2018) wherein the “Plaintiff Raven Renee Ray (Ray) brought this admiralty action against ... Read More

Vacationer ejected from raft on Lower Salmon River in Idaho: Is river guide liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- May 3, 2018 00:55

In this week’s travel law article we examine the case of Neault v. Epley’s, Inc., Case No. 3:16-CV-00244-EJL-RFB (D. Idaho (1/16/2018) the Court noted that “On June 27, 2014, Plaintiff ... Read More

Wedding attendee falls one level over handrail: Is hotel liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- April 26, 2018 01:24

In this week’s travel law article, we examine the case of Sussman v. MK LCP Rye LLC and Hilton Management, 2017 NY Slip Op 31557(U) (N.Y. Sup. 2017), rearg. gtd. ... Read More

Two federal criminal cases involving unruly airline passengers: Stop drinking and behave, please!

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- April 19, 2018 01:20

In this week’s article, we examine two criminal cases involving unruly airline passengers who were convicted of violating 49 U.S.C. 46504 which prohibits the in-flight assault or intimidation of a ... Read More

Hotel guest assaulted by massage therapist

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- April 11, 2018 22:27

In this week’s article, we examine the case of Elena Myers Court v. Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Inc., Civil Action No. 16-4848 (E.D. Pa. (December 15, 2017)) wherein the Court noted ... Read More

Uber driver wants to carry concealed handgun while driving customers: Should this be allowed?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- April 5, 2018 00:34

In this week’s article, we examine the case of Mejia v. UBER Technologies, Inc., Case No. 17-cv-61617-BLOOM/Valle (S.D. Fla. (2/15/2018) wherein the Court noted that “Plaintiff filed his Complaint...alleging a ... Read More

Condo owner assaulted in lobby of Omni Providence Hotel: Is hotel liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- March 28, 2018 23:51

In this week’s article, we examine the case of Henry Mu v. Omni Hotels Management Corporation, Nos. 16-2293, 16-2442 (1st Cir. (2/7/2018) in which the Court noted that “During the ... Read More

$1.85 million verdict against rental car company

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- March 22, 2018 03:23

In this week’s article, we examine the case of State of Arizona, ex rel Mark Brnovich v. Dennis Saban et al, Case No: CV2014-005556 JCC (Ariz. Super. (2/14/2018)). As noted ... Read More

Snow machine accident at Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa: Is liability release enforceable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- March 15, 2018 00:34

In this week’s article, we examine the case of Lizzol v. Brothers Property Management Corp., 2016 WL 6459570 (D.N.H. 2016)(Lizzol I) and Lizzol v. Brothers Property Management Corp., 2007 DNH ... Read More

Hotel guest ejected from casino has accident on icy highway: Is hotel liable?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- March 8, 2018 02:04

In this week’s article, we examine the case of James v. Eldorado Casino Shreveport Joint Venture, No. 51.707-AC (La. App. 2d Cir. 2017) wherein the Court noted that “On February ... Read More

Litigating travel law cases in an inconvenient forum

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- February 21, 2018 22:51

In this week’s article, we examine several cases involving the enforcement of forum selection clauses in travel contracts with cruise lines <Young v. Holland American Line, N.V., 2016 U.S. Dist. ... Read More

Tourist purchases annual pass to SeaWorld: Did park breach EZ pay contract?

Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson Hon. Thomas A. Dickerson- February 14, 2018 23:09

In this week’s article, we examine the case of Herman v. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc., Case No. 8-14-cv-3028-T-35JSS (M.D. Fla. 2017) wherein the Court noted that “Plaintiffs purchased annual ... Read More