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Marshall v. Boeing Co.

United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division

April 17, 2013

ANDREW MARSHALL, et al, Plaintiffs,
v.
THE BOEING COMPANY, a corporation, MACH II MAINTENANCE CORP. et al, Defendant. THE BOEING COMPANY, a corporation, Third-Party Plaintiff.
v.
LOT POLISH AIRLINES, a corporation, Third-Party Defendant

For Andrew Marshall, Dominik Dymecki, Malgorzata Dymecka, Eryk Dymecki, Kaja Dymecka, Wieslaw Rutkiewicz, Aleksander Ryszko, Dariusz Bonislawski, Camila Campos, Jan Dybas, Janina Dybas, Joanna Glowacka, Maciej Hamiga, Jan Hamiga, Grzegorz Jukiel, Jolanta Kacarow, Waclaw Kieltyka, Klementyna Kosek, Teresa Kubiak, Jacek Maslowski, Jan-Henry Ohlert, Marcin Panek, Franciszek Platek, Jozefa Platek, Pawel Platek, Rafal Piotrowski, Barbara Pilch, Katarzyna Prochniak, Konrad Rossa, Antoni Sadowski, Joanna Stanczyk, Marcin Stanczyk, Maria Stanczyk, Patryk Starzyk, Seweryn Starzyk, Oliwia Trykowska, Lucja Wojtowicz, Lukasz Wojtowicz, Krzysztof Wrzesinski, Jaroslaw Zaczkowski, Janusz Stomski, Nicole Stomski, Kerim Lechner, Marcus Jerzy Keram, Czeslawa Golisz, Urszula Wacowska, Maciej Stopa, Bozena Boniecka, Jan Boniecki, Joanna Bochynska, Barbara Wolowiec, Andrzej Wolowiec, Elzbieta Chmura, Anna Przybyszewska, Monika Baginska, Agnieszka Kolat, Malgorzata Dziedzic, Mariusz Mikucinski, Halina Romanowska, Damian Rojowiec, Rafal Wisialkowski, Robert Piotr Puzder, Krystyna Dabrowska, Irena Kubajewska, Jakub Jablonski, Witold Hadam, Marcin Wojtowicz, Alicja Ewa Rajter, Ewa Gorska, Teresa Kowalik, Julia Maria Kozlowska, Arkadiusz Malczewski, Alex Bartus, Magdalena Bartus, Joanna Dokowicz, Roza Borowczyk, Romuald Borowczyk, Barbara Borowczyk, Katarzyna Borowczyk, Zbigniew Kozlowski, Pawel Plebaniak, Konrad Plebaniak, Tomasz Plebaniak, Yann Guillemot, Beata Ferdynus, Sonia Ferdynus, Anna Kapica-Harward, Christopher Domaniewski, Hubert Waz, Dominik Sciegienny, Martyna Sciegienna, Marek Sciegienny, Agnieszka Sciegienna, Marcin Sciegienny, Urszula Ochman, Plaintiffs: Floyd A. Wisner, LEAD ATTORNEY, Wisner Law Firm, St. Charles, IL.

For Boeing Company, The, a corporation, Defendant: Thomas J. Mclaughlin, LEAD ATTORNEY, Perkins Coie, Seattle, WA; Jonathan R Buck, Perkins Coie LLC, Chicago, IL; Kate Reddy, Perkins Coie Llp, Seattle, WA.

For Mach II Maintenance Corp., a Corporation, Defendant, Counter Defendant: Larry S. Kaplan, Sara Elizabeth Spratt, Kaplan, Massamillo & Andrews, LLC, Chicago, IL.

For Boeing Company, The, a corporation, ThirdParty Plaintiff, Counter Claimant: Jonathan R Buck, Perkins Coie LLC, Chicago, IL.

For Lot Polish Airlines, a corporation, Third Party Defendant:.

Christopher R. Christensen, LEAD ATTORNEY, Anthony U. Battista, Jonathan E. DeMay, Condon & Forsyth LLP, New York, NY; Susan Valentine, Robinson, Curley & Clayton, P.C., Chicago, IL.

OPINION

Robert W. Gettleman, United States District Judge.

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MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

On November 6, 2012, plaintiffs filed a three-count complaint against defendants The Boeing Company (" Boeing" ) and Mach II Maintenance Corporation (" Mach II" ) in the Circuit Court of Cook Count, Illinois, alleging that they suffered personal injuries while traveling as passengers aboard an aircraft from Newark, New Jersey, to Warsaw, Poland. Boeing, the aircraft manufacturer, subsequently filed a third-party complaint against Polskie Linie Lotnicze Lot S.A. d/b/a LOT Polish Airlines, Inc. (" LOT" ), the airline that operated the flight in question. On January 10, 2013, LOT removed the entire action to federal court. Plaintiffs now move to sever their original state law claims from the third-party action and remand those state law claims back to state court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § § 1441 and 1447. Defendant Boeing and third-party defendant LOT (" defendants" ) oppose the motion. [1] For the reasons described below, the court denies plaintiffs' motion.

BACKGROUND

Plaintiffs were passengers on LOT Flight Number 016, which traveled from Newark, New Jersey to Warsaw, Poland on November 1, 2011. The flight ended with an emergency wheels-up landing at Warsaw's Chopin Airport when the airplane's landing gear did not deploy. Plaintiffs allege that a leak of hydraulic fluid from the aircraft's central hydraulic system caused a drop in pressure and prevented the deployment of the main landing gear. Plaintiffs further allege that because the flight crew of the aircraft were

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unaware that the circuit breaker for the alternate landing gear had been activated and failed to check that circuit breaker, the aircraft was forced to make a crash landing at the airport. The original complaint alleges theories of product liability and negligence against Boeing (Counts I and II) [2] and negligence against Mach II (Count III). As a result of the crash landing, plaintiffs claim they suffered personal and bodily injuries of both a physical and psychological nature, and incurred ...


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