WCVB gets the statement from State Police about an incident at the Logan Hilton early this morning at which Tufts Medical Center claims locked-out nurses and supporters threw coffee at a bus taking replacement nurses to the hospital: State Police say nothing was thrown and the protesters quickly and willingly dispersed when troopers told them to because they didn't have a permit.
Max Bazerman, a Harvard Business School professor whose areas of interest include business ethics and decision making, is suing American Airlines for refusing to honor a commitment to let certain frequent flyers check up to three bags at no charge.
In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Bazerman is asking to be made lead plaintiff in a class action involving a total of more than $5 million in potential losses by him and similar American Airlines customers.
Bazerman says American Airlines promised him and other members of its "elite" frequent-flyer programs that they could check their bags at no charge when they purchased business- or first-class tickets, only to require them to then pay $25 a bag at check-in:
Even when tickets specifically provide that a first bag may be checked at no additional charge, AA systematically required passengers to pay to check their first bag.
For example, Mr. Bazerman received an e-ticket confirmation e-mail from AA that stated "1STCHECKED BAG FEE-PHXBOS-USD0.00." Yet, when Mr. Bazerman and his wife sought to check their bags after arriving at the airport, AA required Mr. Bazerman to pay $25 to check his first bag and $25 to check his wife's first bag.
Bazerman cited similar complaints by other American customers on Twitter in recent months, and charges American Airlines is breaking its contract with customers to benefit its bottom line:
In 2016, AA collected approximately $1.117 billion in revenue from checked bag fees, which was over 28% higher than the airline with the second highest revenue from checked bag fees. One way AA increases the revenue it receives from checked bag fees is to systematically charge checked bag fees to certain passengers in breach of its passenger contracts.
In addition to the base amount, Bazerman is also seeking unspecified penalties, interest and attorneys' fees.
The law that those three JP students dug up that everybody but longtime JP resident Michael Reiskind wanted to forget about was passed by the legislature in 1993. You can read the entire law, "An Act Furthering The Establishment Of Multipurpose Arena And Transportation Center" (in which the state also agreed to give the MBTA the land it would need for the new North Station megastation), but here's the relevant section:
SECTION 7. In consideration of the property interests and easements authorized to be transferred by this act, the new Boston Garden Corporation shall administer, produce, promote and sponsor no less than three charitable events per year at the New Boston Garden while the new Boston Garden is in operation which events shall be in consultation with the metropolitan district commission, and shall pay the net proceeds, after the deduction of expenses of said events, which expenses shall not include any rental payment for the use of the new Boston Garden, to said metropolitan district commission.
Said proceeds shall be used for the construction, renovation, modernization and rehabilitation of facilities and land of the metropolitan district commission; provided, however, that said proceeds shall not provide for compensation of employees, including independent contractors and consultants other than those deemed necessary to meet the purposes of this section; provided, further, that said proceeds shall not be used for any purpose other than described herein.
H/t John Keith for rummaging around the state archives.