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Man Pistol Whipped in Istanbul Airport Sues Turkish Airlines Under Montreal Protocol

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 5 – Otar Dularidze was taking Turkish Airlines from Tblisi, Georgia via Istanbul to New York City, specifically Brooklyn where he lives, when he was beaten and pistol whipped in the Istanbul airport. He sued. 

 On September 4 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Gregory H. Woods held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

   At issue is whether Dularidze and his spouse Alona Lensky can sued Turkish Airlines under the Montreal Protocol, with the beat-down being considered an accident during international travel. 

 Turkish Airlines' lawyer Christopher Carlsen of Clyde & Co. of 405 Lexington Avenue said the airline has no control over those who allegedly beat Dularidze, and that the forum would be more convenient in Turkey.  

 Dularidze's lawyer Thatcher Stone now of Virginia, after emphasizing how well he gets along with Carlsen, said that the Turkish justice system cannot be trusted.

 He said that even walking in a airport from one gate to another, one is engaged in international travel.     Stone at the end asked Judge Woods when the SDNY courthouse would re-open.

Judge Woods said it is already open, he held a bench trial in July. Stone laughed and said he looked forward to coming north, "once there is a vaccine."

The case is Lensky et al v. Turkish Airlines, Inc., 20-cv-4978 (Woods)


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