$1M false imprisonment lawsuit between neurosurgeon, Delta Airlines likely to be dismissed

Written by Mackenzie Garrity | October 11, 2018 | Print  |

Neurosurgeon T. Forcht Dagi, MD, filed a $1 million lawsuit against Delta Airlines alleging false imprisonment in March 2015. However, the lawsuit is likely to be dismissed, according to Law 360.

Here are five things to know:

1. Dr. Dagi was accused of stealing a Delta employee's kit bag while flying from Boston to London. While the bag was found elsewhere on the plane, flight attendants prohibited the neurosurgeon from leaving the London airport.

2. Delta argued the neurosurgeon's claims are preempted by the Montreal Convention treaty on international air. Additionally, the airline reiterated the two-year statute of limitations has passed.

3. The federal judge in the case said he is likely to dismiss the $1 million lawsuit; however, he has not made his decision final.

4. Dr. Dagi's attorney is arguing the convention treaty should not apply because the neurosurgeon left the plane when the incident occurred. The neurosurgeon is also arguing the flight attendant pressured him to allow him to search his personal luggage.

5. Board-certified, Dr. Dagi is a neurosurgeon at Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital. He served as president of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society and director of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

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