Court will review dispute between airline, Wisconsin pilot
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court will review a $1.24 million defamation judgment against a Wisconsin airline that reported one of its pilots as mentally unstable and caused him to be arrested.
The justices said Monday they will hear an appeal from Air Wisconsin that claims it is shielded under federal law from the defamation claims of veteran pilot William Hoeper.
Hoeper's job was in jeopardy after he failed for a fourth time to win airline approval to fly a new aircraft.
Hoeper was a passenger on a United Airlines flight that was ordered to return to its gate after Air Wisconsin identified Hoeper as a potential threat to the Transportation Security Administration. He was removed from the plane, searched and questioned, but never charged.
Hoeper sued the airline for defamation.