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US high court casts doubt on frequent flyer's suit
Supreme Court indicates rabbi spurned by frequent flyer program may be out of luck
Associated Press
2013-12-04 03:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is indicating it will not offer much help to frequent flyers who want to sue when airlines revoke their miles or their memberships.

The justices on Tuesday heard the case of a rabbi who was stripped of his top-level Platinum Elite status in Northwest's WorldPerks program because the airline said he complained too much.

Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg said Northwest, since absorbed by Delta Air Lines Inc., did not act in good faith when it cut him off. The airline says the federal deregulation of the airline industry in 1978 rules out most lawsuits like the one filed by Ginsberg.

Most justices signaled they think that ruling for Ginsberg could give rise to state-by-state rules that the deregulation law was intended to prevent.

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