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Watch Video - Wolk argued the scope of the General Aviation Revitalization Act as it might apply to aircraft maintenance publications.
PENNSLYVANIA - (9.19.2011) - Aviation attorney Arthur Alan Wolk was honored recently by being assigned the very first televised appellate argument before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The argument was doubly significant because it was held in the building that first housed the United States Supreme Court from 1790-1803.
Arthur argued the scope of the General Aviation Revitalization Act as it might apply to aircraft maintenance publications such as a maintenance manual or service bulletin. Arthur argued that either the Service Bulletins were not parts and thus the statute of repose should not apply or if the maintenance instructions or Service Bulletin were parts or components the 18 year statute of repose applied and thus plaintiffs’ lawsuit was filed within the required 18 years.
The issue is critically important to aviation crash litigators because courts are not uniformly holding that manufacturers can be liable for defective maintenance instructions including Service Bulletins if the airplane component that failed is more than 18 years old to which the instructions applied no matter how recently they were issued.