Pevsner v. Eastern Air Lines, Inc., No. 73-2959.

CourtUnited States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM
Citation493 F.2d 916
Docket NumberNo. 73-2959.
Decision Date10 May 1974
PartiesDonald L. PEVSNER, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. EASTERN AIR LINES, INC., Defendant-Appellee.

493 F.2d 916 (1974)

Donald L. PEVSNER, Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.
EASTERN AIR LINES, INC., Defendant-Appellee.

No. 73-2959.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

May 10, 1974.


493 F.2d 917

John R. Barrett, Maurice M. Diliberto, Miami, Fla., for plaintiff-appellant.

William G. Bell, Jr., Miami, Fla., E. Smythe Gambrell, Thomas W. Rhodes, Atlanta, Ga., Laurence A. Schroeder, Miami, Fla., for defendant-appellee.

Before DYER, MORGAN and RONEY, Circuit Judges.

PER CURIAM:

Donald L. Pevsner, both individually and on behalf of a class, sued Eastern Air Lines for damages for overcharges arising from Eastern's misapplication of certain Civil Aeronautics Board rules in computing interline air fares. Specifically, Pevsner is suing for a $9.00 overcharge by Eastern in its computation of his air fare from Miami, Florida, to Flint, Michigan. The District Court, deferring by stipulation the class action question until after disposition of the defendant's motion to dismiss, dismissed the suit holding that the Federal Aviation Act, 49 U.S.C.A. § 1373, implied no private cause of action for airline fare overcharges. We affirm but on the ground that Pevsner has no standing to sue because an examination of the record discloses irrefutably that he has suffered no injury.

There was no published air fare for Pevsner's flight from Miami to Flint, Michigan, which involved two airlines: Eastern Air Lines from Miami to Detroit and North Central Air Lines from Detroit to Flint. The respective air fares were $86 and $16 totaling a $102 charge for the entire trip utilizing the Civil Aeronautics Board's "sum-of-the-fares" computation method. The $102 fare was an overcharge, however, because Eastern maintained a published air fare of $93 to Saginaw, Michigan, a city along the same air route but beyond Flint. Under C.A.B. Tariff Rule 85, the correct air fare for the flight from Miami to Flint could be no more than a published air fare flight to a city beyond the destination on the same air route. Under this rule Eastern was allowed to charge only $93 for the flight to Flint.

At the time Pevsner purchased his ticket he charged the $102 air fare to his BankAmericard account. He signed a Universal Credit Card charge form, routinely used by Eastern, which obligated him to pay for the ticket "when billed" and in the amount "reflected in applicable tariffs." Four days later but prior to receiving his BankAmericard statement billing him for the flight, he filed suit to...

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    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)
    • 12 Mayo 1982
    ...for Separation of Church and State, Inc., --- U.S. ----, 102 S.Ct. 752, 758, 70 L.Ed.2d 700 (1982); Pevsner v. Eastern Air Lines, Inc., 493 F.2d 916, 917 (5th Cir. 1974). The doctrine also mandates that federal court jurisdiction be invoked only when that distinct and palpable injury can fa......
  • Thomas v. Johnston, Civ. A. No. A-82-CA-251.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 5th Circuit. Western District of Texas
    • 21 Enero 1983
    ...for Separation of Church and State, Inc., 454 U.S. 464, 102 S.Ct. 752, 758, 70 L.Ed.2d 700 (1982); Pevsner v. Eastern Air Lines, Inc., 493 F.2d 916, 917 (5th Cir.1974). The doctrine also mandates that federal court jurisdiction be invoked only when that distinct and palpable injury can fair......
  • Korioth v. Brisco, No. 75-2058
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)
    • 24 Noviembre 1975
    ...727, 740-41 & n. 16, 92 S.Ct. 1361, 1368-1369 & n. 16, 31 L.Ed.2d 636, 696 & n. 16. See also Pevsner v. Eastern Airlines, 5 Cir. 1974, 493 F.2d 916. The "injury in fact" requirement means that a demonstration of "adverseness" alone is not enough to confer standing no matter how sincere the ......
  • Gooden v. Mississippi State University, No. 73-2108.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)
    • 16 Octubre 1974
    ...the prevailing party, other than the United States, a reasonable attorney's fee as part of the costs. 2 In Pevsner v. Eastern Air Lines, 493 F.2d 916 (5th Cir. 1974), we affirmed the dismissal for lack of standing of a class action claim by one who had been overcharged for an air line ticke......
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  • O'Hair v. White, No. 79-1397
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)
    • 12 Mayo 1982
    ...for Separation of Church and State, Inc., --- U.S. ----, 102 S.Ct. 752, 758, 70 L.Ed.2d 700 (1982); Pevsner v. Eastern Air Lines, Inc., 493 F.2d 916, 917 (5th Cir. 1974). The doctrine also mandates that federal court jurisdiction be invoked only when that distinct and palpable injury can fa......
  • Thomas v. Johnston, Civ. A. No. A-82-CA-251.
    • United States
    • United States District Courts. 5th Circuit. Western District of Texas
    • 21 Enero 1983
    ...for Separation of Church and State, Inc., 454 U.S. 464, 102 S.Ct. 752, 758, 70 L.Ed.2d 700 (1982); Pevsner v. Eastern Air Lines, Inc., 493 F.2d 916, 917 (5th Cir.1974). The doctrine also mandates that federal court jurisdiction be invoked only when that distinct and palpable injury can fair......
  • Korioth v. Brisco, No. 75-2058
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)
    • 24 Noviembre 1975
    ...727, 740-41 & n. 16, 92 S.Ct. 1361, 1368-1369 & n. 16, 31 L.Ed.2d 636, 696 & n. 16. See also Pevsner v. Eastern Airlines, 5 Cir. 1974, 493 F.2d 916. The "injury in fact" requirement means that a demonstration of "adverseness" alone is not enough to confer standing no matter how sincere the ......
  • Gooden v. Mississippi State University, No. 73-2108.
    • United States
    • United States Courts of Appeals. United States Court of Appeals (5th Circuit)
    • 16 Octubre 1974
    ...the prevailing party, other than the United States, a reasonable attorney's fee as part of the costs. 2 In Pevsner v. Eastern Air Lines, 493 F.2d 916 (5th Cir. 1974), we affirmed the dismissal for lack of standing of a class action claim by one who had been overcharged for an air line ticke......
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