What a Bad Trip!

What a Bad Trip!
July 24, 2013

David L. Applegate

David Applegate is a Chicago-based trial lawyer and partner at the law firm of Williams Montgomery... (read full bio)

On the other hand, sometimes maybe even the courts can’t grant enough relief.

On October 29, 2012, according to their federal court complaint, Bella and Alexander Kuperman of Skokie, Illinois set out for the remote central Brazilian village of Abadiania in a quest to meet “the man some call the most powerful spiritual healer” in the world: Joäo de Deus: “John of God.”

But they didn’t get there on time.

The Kupermans’ flight out of O’Hare International Airport allegedly was delayed three hours and they consequently missed their connecting flight in Miami, where they then were forced to spend the night. As a result, their complaint says, they missed several “pre-planned” and “pre-paid” visits to the famous faith healer and may have to repeat their trip to Brazil.

The Kupermans are suing under the Montreal Convention for $15,014 in actual damages plus an unspecified amount of “general, special, incidental, and consequential damages” and attorneys’ fees. Oh, and the airline also allegedly lost their luggage for four days.

The case is Bella and Alexander Kuperman vs. American Airlines, Inc., No. 2013 C 2105, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.

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David L. Applegate

David Applegate is a Chicago-based trial lawyer and partner at the law firm of Williams Montgomery... (read full bio)