Doe v. Copa Airlines | Ninth Circuit aviation case update

by Rushing McCarl LLP Feb. 04, 2022

Briefing is complete in the important Ninth Circuit aviation-law case Doe v. Compania Panamena de Aviacion. Rushing McCarl LLP represents plaintiff-appellant Jane Doe, who was sexually assaulted on a Copa Airlines flight. Doe’s lawsuit alleges that the assault occurred because Copa allowed a felon who was fleeing the United States to board the plane, then did nothing to stop the assault once it was underway.

Rather than reimburse our client for her medical bills and other expenses, Copa has fought for two and a half years to prevent her from litigating the merits of her claim.

Copa successfully moved to dismiss Doe’s claim in the District Court, and Rushing McCarl LLP was retained to handle her appeal and ask the Ninth Circuit for a reversal. Rushing McCarl has an experienced team of litigators with extensive appellate-law experience, and we are proud of the briefs our team filed.

Here are some links for those who would like to learn more about the case: