Case Caption: Coastal Air Transport v. Marcellin LockhartCase Number: SCT-CIV-2019-0086Date: 12/02/2020Author: Hodge, Rhys S. Citation: 2020 VI 22Summary: Judgment by the Superior Court, upholding a decision of the Magistrate Division finding an airline liable in damages for denying a ticketed passenger boarding and a seat on one of its flights, is affirmed. Federal regulations relied upon by the airline, contained in 14 C.F.R. § 250, are irrelevant in this case because the plane involved had less than 30 seats. While a bumped passenger on a flight with a capacity of less than 30 seats would not be automatically entitled to compensation under the Code of Federal Regulations, the passenger could still choose to pursue a claim in court. Because the federal regulations do not apply here, this action is a simple contract dispute, and the Superior Court affirmed the magistrate judge’s conclusion that the airline breached its contract with the passenger and its award of damages. Since the airline has presented no other argument why it should not owe damages for breach of contract, the judgment of the Superior Court awarding damages is affirmed.Attachment: Open Document or Opinion