by Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN News
LAS VEGAS — A legal expert in Vegas talks about grounds of possible lawsuits Dr. David Dao may file against United Airlines, after he was forcibly removed from an overbooked flight.
Dr. David Dao has strong ties to Las Vegas, since he was a frequent visitor and contender at the World Poker Series.
Dao is not only an internist by profession, but he is also a professional chef. All of his 4 children are also doctors.
The incident last Sunday aboard United Airlines Flight 3411, in which Dao was forcibly removed from a flight from Chicago, Illinois to Louisville, Kentucky created a stir, not only among the Asian community in America, but from netizens from around the world.
Recently, Dao’s attorneys filed an emergency bill of discovery before the circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois, the county department chancery division.
The bill of discovery is a petition to preserve all evidences, including all respondents, of flight #3411.
Atty. Michael Nguyen, an Asian American legal expert in Nevada, explains in detail the possible lawsuits Dr. Dao can file against the airline company — which may include negligence, assault, and serious prejudice.
Nguyen adds that incidents like Dao’s can happen to anyone.
He says that it is imperative for the Asian American community to not only speak up, but to be educated and to know their rights and regulations before booking a flight.
“Asians, minorities… in general we are very submissive,” Nguyen said. “We don’t speak out, we take care of our business. We need to look into this as an opportunity to speak out, and see what we can do to help and protect the Asian community.”
Meanwhile, United States Senator Catherine Cortez Masto joined a group of 20 other senators, demanding the airline provide details of the incident.
The airline’s CEO has until April 24th to answer the US senators’ questions, and provide them with the airline’s policy on removing ticketed passengers to accommodate airline personnel.
United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz was criticized over his initial reaction to Dao’s deplaning, seen widely as a non-apology.
Munoz has since issued a string of public apologies, and has said Dr. Dao is not to blame for the incident.