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Bibliography of Travel Law


David Koenig
Huffington Post

Source: Skift
Author: Dennis Schaal

Dennis Schaal

NB: This is a guest article by Al Anolik, a travel law attorney at Anolik Law Group in California, US.

Al Anolik

Southwest Airlines charged Romona Cobian $11,407 for a ticket to Los Angeles.

“My stomach just flip flopped. I thought ‘oh, what’s going on?’ They’re going to deplete my bank account.”

CBS Sacramento
ARTA Newsletter

Small travel agencies beware: When you advertise an airline fare that does not include all mandatory taxes and fees in the total amount, you could end up paying a fine of up to $27,500 per infraction. Under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new price advertising rule, which took effect on Jan.

Mimi Kmet
Travel Pulse


In both the United States and abroad, there are regulations concerning checked baggage that all airlines must adhere to. Be sure you understand your rights so you get what you deserve in the event of delayed, damaged, or lost luggage



July 3, 2012

In both the United States and abroad, there are regulations concerning checked baggage that all airlines must adhere to. Be sure you understand your rights so you get what you deserve in the event of delayed, damaged, or lost luggage

Paige DePaolis
Conde Nast Traveler



The Big Kahuna The California Sellers of Travel Law

The OSSN Agent The Official Newspaper of the Outside Sales Support Network
September / October 2001

By Al Anolik
ARTA General Counsel

Where's Your Luggage? Airline Lose Your Bags? You've Got Lots Of Company, But Options Too
By Diane C. Lade Staff writer

What To Do With United Air Miles


Originally published by ABC7 KGO-TV

Dec. 5 — With all the problems United Airlines is experiencing, what should frequent flier mileage holders do with their United miles?

Travel attorney, Al Anolik, suggests Mileage Plus members use their miles — and fast.

The safest way to go is to use the miles to purchase trips on different airlines. United has 13 partners in its Star Alliance, such as Mexicana.

November 9, 2003
Travel Talk Radio BOOK OF THE WEEK, Traveler’s Rights – Your Legal Guide to Fair Treatment and Full Value

November 4, 2003
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January 27, 2003
Listen to Travel Talk Radio listener describe her ordeal of 
Traveling by air with an allergy to peanuts! What to do! . . . Al Knows!  Rental Car and Hotel contracts and overbooking. 

Tips For Not Losing Luggage

Originally published on Kron4’s website

It is one of those things that ruins a vacation - the airline losing or misplacing your luggage.

"The Truth About Travel Agent Unions"

Unlike death and taxes-the only things in life that are supposed to be certain-the law can prove to be exceedingly gray and indefinite.
 That's the case with issues like the formation of a labor union for travel agency owners, front-line employees, and independent contractor agents.

TCRC head aims to open up Calif. fund meetings 
Originally Published here:
By Laura Del Rosso

Symposium to feature Web firms' attorneys 
WASHINGTON -- Attorneys for Cruise.com, Travelocity and Worldspan -- representing a spectrum of Web-focused businesses -- will be panelists during the fifth annual National Travel Law Symposium set for Jan. 15 here.

State Regulations: Enforcement is key
For details from the 10 most significant travel agent laws, see State Regulations: Who requires what
By Nadine Godwin 
Originally Published here:

State Regulations: Cross-border issues
Previous articles in the State Regulations series:

State Regulations: Contractor complications
Previous articles in the State Regulations series:

State Regulations: Disclosure by the book 
Previous articles in the State Regulations series:

• Laws seen as fundraisers
• Enforcement is key
• Who requires what

Society wins latest ruling in California lawsuit
By Laura Del Rosso
Originally Published on www.travelweekly.com

Seminar to train agents to mediate disputes
By Laura Del Rosso
Originally published on www.travelweekly.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- A long-time travel agent and an industry attorney are looking to mediation to fill what they believe is a need in the industry: a less-expensive alternative to litigation to resolve disputes.

Seller law may outlast sunset clause
By Laura Del Rosso
article from http://www.travelweekly.com/articles.aspx?articleid=34829

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Seller of Travel law would become permanent under proposed legislation that recently passed the state’s Senate Business and Professions Committee.

Real Simple Magazine

October 2004

Life: When Accidents Happen

By: Craig Offman

Now What? Fender benders, dog bites, dry-cleaning disasters, and more – know your rights when things go wrong.

"Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts." Nikki Giovanni, Of Liberation

Pleasant, agency resolve discounting flap
By Nadine Godwin
Originally Posted on www.travelweekly.com

Northwest, Ex-Sales Rep Battle Over Waiver Codes

TravelAge West

Originally published at: http://www.travelagewest.com/newsarticle.asp?articleid=343  

Nacta's role in car rental suit upsets lawyer
By Michael Milligan
Originally Posted on www.travelweekly.com

More Fliers Forced To Give Up Seats:

Overbookings Surge as Airlines Trim Schedules; Passenger Compensation Unchanged Since 1978.

By Scott McCartney, Wall Street Journal


Lufthansa settles in Hall commission suit
Originally Published on www.travelweekly.com



Originally published on Kron4’s website

It is one of those things that ruins a vacation...the airline losing or misplacing your luggage.

It's a nightmare that affects millions of airline passengers a year.

The Importance of Travel Insurance

How To Sue An Airline

 from Travel ConfidentialTM   newsletter

 March, 2000

Hall attorneys seek 'members of the class'
By Michael Milligan
Originally Posted on www.travelweekly.com

Groups may merge airline antitrust suits
By Laura Del Rosso
Originally Posted On: TravelWeekly.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- Two grassroots agent groups hoping to launch antitrust lawsuits against the airlines are talking about a possible merger.

Getting walked by 'wacko' hotel employees

Firm charges major operators with price-fixing
By David Cogswell
Originally Posted on: www.travelweekly.com

Fifth travel law symposium slated for Jan. 15
Originally Posted on:  www.travelweekly.com

WASHINGTON -- Travel Weekly and ARTA announced plans for their fifth annual National Travel Law Symposium. Taking the theme, Travel, Technology and the Law, the event is set for the Washington Marriott hotel on Jan. 15.

Debit memos coming hot, heavy and 'stupid'
By Nadine Godwin
Originally Published at: www.travelweekly.com 

NEW YORK -- Travel lawyers, from their unique vantage point in the industry, report an increase this year in the number of airline debit memos, the dollars demanded in the debit memos and illogical justifications for debit memos.

Crackdown: Bad publicity for retailers
By Laura Del Rosso 
Originally Published on: TravelWeekly.com

Cancelled Flights Don't Always Mean Refunds

Originally published on Kron4’s website

BAY AREA (KRON) -- With airlines cutting back on flights, Contact 4 has been hearing more complaints from consumers who say they're not getting refunds although they've paid in full

It wasn't a mechanics strike, but a terrorist strike that caused Dina Lisha's problems.

The Bottom Line On Airline Bumping
Originally Published at: http://cbs5.com/topstories/local_story_180203058.html 
Reported by:
Jeanette Pavini


ASTA set to sue defunct line's estate
By Rebecca Tobin
 Originally Published at: Travelweekly.com

Anolik: Ease agent penalty for stolen tickets
Complete presentations:
Barry Roberts, Roberts & Hundertmark
Doug Crozier, Heifetz, Crozier, Law
Mark Pestronk, Law Offices of Mark Pestronk
Terry F. Lazar,Global Reservation System
Kathleen O. Argiropoulos, Airlines Reporting Corp.
Bruce Bishins, U.S. Travel Agent Registry

Agent wins pay claim against Princess
By Rebecca Tobin
Originally Published on: www.travelweekly.com

Agents File Federal Court Petitions to Force SunTrips Into Bankruptcy
From: Travel Trade
By John Stone


’We never had any problems. There were no bells or whistles from American.’
Karen Meyer
co-owner Tour World Travel
Wichita Falls, Texas

By Laura Del Rosso

Originally Posted on:  KTVU.com

1. "You'll get lost in cyberspace."

By Barbara De Lollis, USA TODAY

International travelers could have something new to worry about if terrorism alerts ever again force airlines to cancel specific flights as they did over the recent holidays.


By Kevin Brass


Jerry Vaclav says bankrupt Renaissance Cruises will have to go to court if it wants him to return a commission he believes he earned in good faith.

By Chris Woodyard
and Barbara De Lollis, USA TODAY

The airline industry is having a problem with wide bodies.

Not big planes — rather, big passengers.

As many Americans have grown wider around the middle, they are having an increasingly hard time fitting into economy-class seats. Now, airlines are taking action.

By Kevin Brass and R. Scott Macintosh


A federal judge in travel agents’ landmark class-action suit against the major airlines has approved a controversial settlement agreement with Lufthansa Airlines.

On the Road with Bill McGee

Most of us intend to prevent trouble before it even starts by making good travel planning decisions and straightening out problems as they arise. But every traveler knows that sooner or later they'll take "The Trip from Hell."



ARTA's Chairman Nancy Linares told her membership last week that the association would ask commission settlement company NPC to hold off implementing new fees for its Commission Express program or face retaliation.


By Robert Carlsen

SAN DIEGO - ARTA said at its annual conference here last week that it has reached an agreement with the consortium Hickory Travel Systems for a super-agency program.

By Jerry Chandler


A key plaintiff's attorney, in an action alleging nine major airlines conspired to cut commissions, said the lawsuit is still on track - this despite a counterclaim by one of the carriers.

From the Los Angeles Times


Construction noise ruins a couple's stay at an expensive hotel.

By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

December 27, 2007
Originally Posted:  http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-trw-spot30dec30

USA Today

Posted 10/3/2006 3:32 PM ET

Question: We booked a five-night, six-day all-inclusive vacation in June for our family, including our three young children, at Beaches Turks & Caicos through Unique Vacations, Beaches' travel partner. But conditions at the resort were deplorable and we had to leave after the first night.

More Ahead for Suntrips
Originally Posted: www.travelagewest.com/articles.aspx?article=4905
June 26, 2006


Job 1: Goof-proof your trip
Travel agents make mistakes too, so it pays to double-check their work.
Suntrips Trip Refunds Part Two
CBS 13/UPN 31
Originally Posted: http://cbs13.com/seenon/local_story_097005327.html
April 6, 2006


Suntrips Trip Refund That Never Came
CBS 13/UPN 31
Originally posted: http://cbs13.com/consumer/local_story_096005707.html
April 5, 2006


Mystery at Sea: Who Polices the Ships?  
February 26, 2006
From the New York TImes
Originally Posted on: http://travel2.nytimes.com/2006/02/26/travel/26crime.html?pagewanted=print
Risks on the road ahead
Canceled flights, overbooked hotels, civil unrest: How to prepare for the worst.
By Laurie Berger
Special to The Times
January 22, 2006
Originally Posted: www.latimes.com/services/site/premium/interceptlogin.register
If a seatmate smells bad, come clean to the crew -- quickly
From the Los Angeles Times
By: Laurie Berger
December 4, 2005

Your rights when a flight is delayed
By: Laurie Berger
October 2, 2005

WHEN planes don't fly as promised, passengers often resort to pounding their fists rather than demanding their rights.

Nonrefundable? It sometimes pays to fight company policy
When you must cancel a trip, it is possible to get back your money. Just be persistent and follow up meticulously.
Laurie Berger
November 6, 2005
Too good to be true? Maybe it was.
Travelers said they paid $900 to $1,000 each for tickets. Officials are looking into whether an agency took the money and ran.

By Laurie Berger
Special to The Times
Dodging the hassles
By: Laurie Berger
July 10, 2005

If you like trouble-free travel, forget about going anywhere during the summer.
NCL Pride of America to Host Regis and Kelly
Originally published at: http://www.modernagent.com/x/modernagent/visitor/resources/travelpulse.cds?f=4-26-2005#1499
July 6, 2005  

Bundled fees, a hornet's nest
By: Laurie Berger
March 6, 2005

Originally Posted on http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-qa6mar06,1,1428902.column?ctrack=1&cset=true

Persistence, knowledge make squawking manageable

Published in the Asbury Park Press 04/20/05
The Indianapolis Star

Sheep is what Christopher Elliott considers today’s complacent travelers.

Passport and tickets are just a start
Other documents can prevent hassles

- Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times
Sunday, February 27, 2005 

Your port of call is suddenly canceled. Now what?
By: Laurie Berger
Originally Posted: http://www.latimes.com/services/site/premium/interceptlogin.register
February 6, 2005

It takes more than a passport to speed you on your way

Carrying the right documents can prevent trouble, especially for parents or those with medical conditions.

An online rental-car runaround
A traveler with a confirmed reservation was left stranded. Here's what should have happened.
Laurie Berger
Travel Q&A

August 22, 2004

An online rental-car runaround
A traveler with a confirmed reservation was left stranded. Here's what should have happened.
Laurie Berger

SAN FRANCISCO -- Travel attorney Alexander Anolik informed five tour operators that he wrote to the U.S. Justice Department about what he considers price-fixing when the operators forbid discounting of their products by intermediaries.

Banking on Travel

March 19, 2004


By Heather Won Tesoriero

As appeared in the Wall Street Journal of San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose Metropolitan Area; Denver Metropolitan Area; Springfield - Holyoke Metropolitan Area; and Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.

Originally Published at


ABC7 KGO-TV/DT 12-11-03


Nov. 12 2003 — Pets are an important part of the family, so you can imagine how devastated a Napa couple was when a major airline lost their dog. 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney explains.

By Kevin Brass



A federal judge has approved the first settlement in the Sarah Futch Hall antitrust case against the major airlines, prompting speculation that more settlement agreements may soon follow.

By Margot Carmichael Lester

TravelAge West


Originally posted at: www.travelagewest.com/newsarticle.asp?articleid=2499

Far & Wide Bankruptcy Rocks Industry - 9/29/2003

By Lisa Jennings and R. Scott Macintosh


Originally published at: http://www.travelagewest.com/newsarticle.asp?articleid=2479  

JetBlue Action Prompts Suits, Federal Scrutiny

By Kevin Brass



Mysterious documents slated for shredding seven years ago may play a key role in travel agents’ current antitrust lawsuits against the major airlines.

With an increase in bankruptcies, travel insurers' business booming

By Barry Estabrook
New York Times

Posted Sept. 4, 2003

For those aboard the ship World Discoverer, an Around the Ring of Fire cruise proved memorable -- perhaps too much so.

By R. Scott Macintosh and Judi Erickson


Originally published at: http://www.travelagewest.com/newsarticle.asp?articleid=2448

Orlando Sentinel

By Catherine Wilson

The Associated Press

Posted August 28 2003

MIAMI -- An appeals court reinstated a medical negligence suit Wednesday against Carnival Cruise Lines in a case that attorneys say has wide implications for passengers who need medical care aboard ships.

By Kevin Brass


It began two years ago when an irate client confronted Cecilia Pedroza with a car rental bill for $100 more than she said the car would cost.


August 17, 2003


The Risk of Insolvency



For those aboard the ship World Discoverer, this spring's Around the Ring of Fire cruise proved memorable - perhaps too much so.

The Risk of Insolvency



By Kevin Brass


Within hours of signing a settlement agreement with Lufthansa Airlines, Jeanine Flaugher, one of the lead plaintiffs in the class-action agent suit against 17 airlines, changed her mind about the deal.

By Jorge Sidron

Travel Weekly

June 23, 2003

San Francisco---Six major car rental companies have been slapped with a class-action lawsuit accusing them of “systematically and regularly” underreporting and underpaying travel agent commissions.

<>Is Travel Insurance Worth the Cost?


Originall Published on Kron 4's website

April 21, 2003 at 5:50 p.m.

By Anne Banas, Smarter Living Staff -- USA Today
February 2003

Originally published on Kron4’s website

Posted: January 21, 2003 at 6:03 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- January is prime season for cruise bookings and many cruise lines are now offering bargains to lure the reluctant, cautious or budget-conscious traveler.

Changes for Checked Luggage

Originally published on Kron4’s website

 Posted: December 27, 2002 at 5:47 p.m.

DECEMBER 03, 2001 -- The Airlines Reporting Corp. today launched Compass, a faster, Web-based data storage and ticket record retrieval system that offers more flexible searching and sorting capabilities.


Airlines: Get Out Of The Gray Area
Enhanced SyStems Target Back-To-Back, Hidden Ticketing Practices


OCTOBER 11, 1999

Enhanced SyStems Target Back-To-Back, Hidden Ticketing Practices


OCTOBER 11, 1999

SEPTEMBER 20, 1999 -- Last month, Travel Agent Arbiter William McGee ruled in favor of a small Los Angeles-based travel agency to relieve it of liability to the Airlines Reporting Corp. for tickets stolen in 1997. The decision came as the result of a request for reconsideration by Pedroza Travel after the arbiter first ruled in favor of ARC on April 29.

SEPTEMBER 20, 1999 -- Last month, Travel Agent Arbiter William McGee ruled in favor of a small Los Angeles-based travel agency to relieve it of liability to the Airlines Reporting Corp. for tickets stolen in 1997. The decision came as the result of a request for reconsideration by Pedroza Travel after the arbiter first ruled in favor of ARC on April 29.

Tech Talk


JANUARY 11, 1999

Applying some of the latest technology to the age-old problems of recruiting and data collection, two travel industry veterans have launched the TravelManagement.com Website.

Protecting The Independent Contractor Status

by Alexander Anolik, Esq.,
November 11, 1998

 Too many agency owners are putting themselves and their independent contractors at legal and economic risk by not providing or demanding the basic requirements for their own protection.

Caribbean Agencies 'Overlooked' in Caps Payout
"We were capped on February 1995, the same as the domestic agents." -- Bernice Cordero, ASTA, Puerto Rico/U.S.V.I. chapter
By Michael Milligan
Originally Published on: TravelWeekly.com