Lawsuit Class Action?

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Jeannette McHugh, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Jeannette McHugh

    Jeannette McHugh Original Member

    I have double total knee replacements. I can go through the scope, and still get the pat-down. The scope (if it is as advertised) shows what is on the surface of the body, so the "metal detector" alarm remains unresolved.

    There are millions of Americans with joint replacements and with the aging population will have more every day. And every day they travel, they are abused. I have a question and a proposal.

    1. How can we find an attorney willing to take on such a case?
    2. Is there some way to have a day of action where everyone has a penny or two in their pockets. For most folks, that will mean they have to exit the metal detector, empty pockets, and go through again. But it would be enough (if everyone did it) to convince the TSA they might be in trouble. I mean... let's be passive aggressive about this. We have to participate in their charade, but we don't have to do it right each time. God knows the TSA can't follow their own rules, so why should we (perfectly) follow theirs?
  2. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    I am totally about class-action.
    I would be part of totally different class: survivors of sexual assault/rape/molestation trauma.

    Re #1: I have had no luck, especially in lib-land. I'm about to call the Alex Jones show...
    Re #2: I'd rather not delay my fellow flyers, but would be happy to leave a loaded adult diaper.
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    What travelers need is a group of attorneys that are willing to review cases and if strong represent those people either pro bono or at very low rates. That will be the only way that the average person can afford to fight government.

    I wish some of the lawyer types that frequent the travel groups could talk among themselves and see if they could create such an alliance.
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  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    My impression (just punting here) is that most/all class-action attorneys specialize in torts rather than civil rights.

    Also, in order to file a class action suit, you have to be able to identify the members of the class on behalf of which you are suing -- all Americans who fly is a bit of a stretch. Narrowing the focus to those who are wheelchair bound or who have metal joint replacements might help, but you still will have an issue with identifying & notifying members of the class.
  5. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    I'm looking at getting a review at low cost, filing pro se, and lining up amicus briefs.
    Getting websites dedicated to the particular class, for self-registration, would be the way to go, I'd think. You could then target outreach accordingly.
  6. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Absolutely agreed on the torts.
    Even so, this is not typical fare, so it's still a hard sell.
  7. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    I've believed for quite some time that if the TSA is to be reined in, it will be initiated by those who have to suffer through pat downs every time they fly, the disabled or otherwise medically impaired, i.e., breast scars, implants, that kind of thing.

    That said, while I didn't pay much attention to the WalMart class action suit that was dismissed by SCOTUS, but I recall there were some who were saying that the dismissal meant the death of class action suits.
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    One word: "focus". The dismissal of the WalMart suit was not unreasonable:

    The lesson to be learned here is that a class-action suit can't be just a piling on of everyone with an ax to grind, even if each of them individually would be suing for an actionable tort. There must be "a single common question" that brings them together.
  9. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    Well, today law enforcement is back to investigating my case "asap".
    Also today finally spoke to a sympathetic attorney referring me to one who handles US cases.
    My case may well have a class-action component addressing procedures to not re-traumatize victims of previous sex-crimes, as rape counselors have advised.
  10. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Thanks for the lesson in the law.

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