Continental v. ALPA - taking sides
June 01, 2007 by Ross Runkel at LawMemo
I often get calls from reporters about cases, and am happy to help them out. The normal risk is that I'll get misquoted, and I can live with that.
Yesterday's article in the Houston Chronicle, "Continental sues union over pilot who drank," was a big surprise because the reporter said I was taking sides with the airline.
Simply not true.
I gave the reporter a rundown of the basic legal arguments that would be presented by both sides. She accurately quoted part of the argument on behalf of the airline, and left out the argument on behalf of ALPA. This is common in journalism and I can't complain about it.
I can complain when a journalist falsely reports that I have taken sides in a case that is pending in the trial court. I have not lost my mind.
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