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CJ EU. An airline is liable for the harm caused by a spilt cup of hot coffee

It is not necessary for that accident to relate to a hazard typically associated with flight

In today’s judgment, the Court of Justice (CJ) clarifies that an airline’s liability for scalding caused by hot coffee that tipped over on a flight for unknown reasons does not require that a hazard typically associated with flight materialised. In the present case, a young girl seeks compensation from the (insolvent) Austrian airline Niki Luftfahrt GmbH on account of scalding that she suffered when...

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Press releasePlanes. CJ EU: the unruly behaviour of an air passenger may constitute an "extraordinary circumstance"

Capable of exempting the carrier from its obligation to pay compensation for the cancellation or long delay of the flight

Nevertheless, the airline must, in respect of the reasonable measures that it must adopt in order to release itself from its obligation to pay compensation, ensure the re-routing of passengers as soon as possible, by means of other direct or indirect flights which may be operated by other carriers more