case studies

case studies

The aviation industry trusts Mendes to successfully pilot its defense in precedent-setting cases.

WASHINGTON, D.C. & SAN FRANCISCO, CA/ In addition to defending many high profile aerospace cases, the Mendes Aviation Department was at the forefront in establishing two of the most notable, and widely cited, defenses used in aerospace defense practice today.

The first was Piper Aircraft Co. v. Reyno in which the U.S. Supreme Court expanded and more fully defined the doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens. This doctrine allows for the dismissal of cases in the United States that more properly belong in foreign jurisdictions.

The second was McKay, Carson v. Rockwell International Corp., a 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals case that firmly established the military contractor defense, the precursor to the government contractor defense recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court in Boyle v. United Technologies, Corp. This defense allows for government contractors to obtain protection from liability for defects in products made pursuant to government contracts and specifications.

Therefore, it is no accident that Mendes has been recognized by Fortune Magazine as a “Go-To Law Firm” as a result of the firm's track record and legal expertise in aviation litigation.