8 Responses

  1. Oliver
    Oliver at |

    Ouch! I suspect United has expensive lawyers 😉

  2. Frequent Flyer Bankruptcy Attorney
    Frequent Flyer Bankruptcy Attorney at |

    Hi Seth,

    The plaintiff would NOT be stuck with United’s legal fees. There’s nothing in the decision to suggest that. Generally, in the U.S., each party is responsible for their own legal fees.

    Statutory “court costs,” however, are a different story, and are usually a very modest amount. The judgment states that defendant is entitled to “costs.” In a case like this, I’d imagine it would not be more than a few thousand dollars, if that much.

    It is also up to the prevailing party to seek costs and United might be happy enough to have been successful that they will not bother to do so.

    One U.S. District Court prepared a pretty good guide about court costs. You can check it out at: http://www.mied.uscourts.gov/Rules/BillOfCosts200711.pdf

  3. Ryan E
    Ryan E at |

    I don’t get too excited over MM and similar “lifetime” schemes, for this very reason. When I do hit that milestone, fine, I’ll take what I can get for however long I can. But alas, nothing is certain in life but death and taxes.

  4. Nick
    Nick at |

    I’m a .85 million mile United flyer giving Spirit a try for the first time in a few weeks. A few years ago I wouldn’t have even checked the price, but if loyalty means nothing to them…

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