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US woman 'to lose $1m battle with Aer Lingus over lost bag'

By Shane Phelan

Published 26/05/2015

Lawyers for Aer Lingus have applied to have the case thrown out, alleging Sade Coppens had already accepted a cheque for just $1,682 (£1,087) as
Lawyers for Aer Lingus have applied to have the case thrown out, alleging Sade Coppens had already accepted a cheque for just $1,682 (£1,087) as "full and final settlement" of her claim before filing the lawsuit

A woman suing Aer Lingus for $1m after her engagement ring and other valuables were allegedly stolen from her luggage looks set to lose her case for compensation.

A report commissioned by the US judge handling the civil action has recommended the case be dismissed.

Lawyers for Aer Lingus have applied to have the case thrown out, alleging Sade Coppens had already accepted a cheque for just $1,682 (£1,087) as "full and final settlement" of her claim before filing the lawsuit.

The airline argued that this was the maximum sum allowed under the Montreal Convention, a set of international rules governing the compensation of airline passengers.

The Dutch woman took the case against the airline after the ring and other valuables, including camera equipment and SD cards containing photos of her children, went missing on a flight from New York to Amsterdam via Dublin.

Although the total value of the items was just over €24,000, (£17,000) Ms Coppens claimed some of them were "irreplaceable" and described her engagement ring as "priceless".

The mother-of-three, a floral designer based in New York, filed the lawsuit last November alleging "emotional trauma and distress", seeking damages of $1m (£0.65m).

She claimed the bag containing the ring and other valuables had been cleared as carry on luggage at a check-in desk at JFK International Airport.

But when she arrived at the gate a flight attendant insisted the bag was "too big" for carry on and would have to be put in the cargo hold. After arriving with her children at Schiphol Airport she discovered the bag and a baby buggy had gone missing.

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