A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed against Southwest Airlines by a New Orleans woman who claims a gate agent told her she was "too fat to fly" and couldn't board a flight last year without buying two tickets.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed against Southwest Airlines by a New Orleans woman who claims a gate agent told her she was "too fat to fly" and couldn't board a flight last year without buying two tickets.
In her order, U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan said she dismissed Kenlie Tiggeman's suit because she missed a deadline for responding to Southwest's request for the case to be tossed.
Morgan said the airline's request "appears to have merit," but she dismissed the suit without prejudice, which means Tiggeman can ask for the case to be reopened.
Tiggeman filed the lawsuit herself in a state court before it was transferred to the federal court in New Orleans. She declined to comment on Morgan's ruling, referring questions about the case to a publicist.
Tiggeman was interviewed about her claims on NBC's "Today Show" after she sued the airline earlier this year, claiming its employees discriminated against her because of her obesity.
She says she weighed up to 300 pounds at the time she tried to board an April 2011 flight but was told she had to purchase a second ticket. Her suit claims Southwest employees laughed at her at the gate and asked for proof of her weight, humiliating and embarrassing her in front of other passengers.
Southwest attorneys said in a court filing that the airline denies Tiggeman's allegations. They also argued that all of the claims she asserted "are preempted or otherwise without merit."
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
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Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has closed Interstate 10 from I-49 in Lafayette to Seigen Lane in Baton Rouge.
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New standards curb elective induction
CVS stops tobacco sales
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(It's good, it's bad and it's just crazy)