Group sues Southwest and Boeing

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  1. jimntx

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    #1 jimntx, Jul 13, 2019
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    Former passengers of Southwest sue Southwest and Boeing claiming that WN and Boeing colluded to hide 737MAX problems and risked the plaintiffs' lives by having them fly on MAXs before the grounding.

    https://www.dallasnews.com/business...irlines-boeing-colluded-cover-737-max-dangers

    Supposedly unrelated to 737MAX problems, Eric Lindblad the Boeing executive in charge of the 737MAX program and the facility in which it is built is retiring. He was in charge of the program for less than a year.
     
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    Boy anything to make a buck these days, at times I hate lawyers. Sounds like we want to bankrupt Boeing, and promote Airbus.
     
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    Barking up the wrong tree here. SWA had no clue. Southwest should be removed from the suit as this is a Boeing issue not an airline issue.
     
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    #4 jimntx, Jul 15, 2019
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    According to the plaintiffs they have proof that WN colluded with Boeing. We'll see. If their "proof" turns out to be false or faulty, WN can bankrupt the plaintiffs for libel. One would have to wonder why WN would participate in such a scheme given that it was sure to result in grounding of the aircraft which in turn would cost WN and other airlines a small fortune in lost revenue from the grounding.

    I think the "legal" basis for the inclusion of WN as a defendant is the old adage of sue the guy with the money. Boeing is headed for bankruptcy if this continues--particularly if there are further revelations of problems with the MAXes that Boeing knew about and didn't bother to let customers know.
     
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    This situation almost sounds like Lockheed and Rolls Royce the L1011& RB211. It got so bad both governments had to bail out both companies. Will SWA have to go to plan B, and walk away from the Max?
     
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    We're at the point where people are suing an airline because they actually flew to their destination and lived?...

    Good luck.

    I maintain that software or not, the reason nobody else's planes crashed was experience and training. Clearly there are different hiring and seniority standards for who gets to fly the 737 at WN, AA and UA vs. some a smaller airline based in Africa or Southeast Asia.
     
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    Agree.
    Also would add to your adage theory as well. Yes SWA has the money, but most attorneys sue everyone involved in hopes of a settlement and then let the parties sued fight over who will pay what part or no part.

    IF Boeing does not do a model change then yes SWA should walk away if need be.
    I have always said that SWA might wanna look at the Max 10, maybe now is the time to entertain that idea.
     
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    Everybody says they have proof until they get to court and have to prove it and show it. These larger "class action" suits are always hoping for a settlement before ever going through the court systems. Hopefully SWA and Boeing will not settle just to say they would save money by doing so. I say SWA and Boeing march forward with the suits (especially if they know they were not reckless etc...) and if the plaintiffs can not prove their case, then SWA should make a counter claim now. This way the plaintiffs are well aware that they will be facing counter suits and pay dearly if they are suing just to be suing. SWA and Boeing will make this very expensive as the results could be devastating for both if this would, for some reason, go in the favor of the plaintiffs.
     

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