Tropic Ocean Airways Lawsuit Disposed
Circuit Judge Hon. Nicholas Lopane has disposed the case which is on file under CACE18016421 The lawsuit, which was launched against two former Tropic Ocean pilots appears to have ended. The case had a lifespan of a bit over 9 months when it was filed DISPOSED on April 11, 2019. Disposal with prejudice usually means that the plaintiff is forbidden from filing a new lawsuit based on the same grounds. The disposal is following a settlement agreement between one of the pilots and Tropic Ocean, recorded on the courts website on March 12. The terms of the settlement are undisclosed, and so is the status of remaining defendants in the suit.
Seaplanemagazine.com was made aware of the ongoing lawsuit in response to an opinion editorial about Non Compete Agreements. Due to the rarity of serious legal conflicts between companies and their pilots within the close-nit seaplane industry, developments became of editorial interest. The proceedings as they transpired may be of high interest to young pilots considering working for seaplane companies which require the signing of non-compete and non disclosure agreements as a condition of employment. With seaplane pilots being in high demand and low supply, obtaining legal consultation prior to signing agreements appears as an act of prudence.
Editorial Note: Seaplanemagazine.com does not apply a popularity- contest style approach to determining its editorial direction and news- focus. Legal conflicts are not what we really wish to report about here, however the damage these conflicts cause are immeasurable and immense. Both, current and future pilots have a legal right and reasonable interest in learning about such lawsuits, which are considered public information, no matter how desperately they are kept from seeing the light of day. Basic journalistic credo requires to clearly differentiate opinion from news and to apply a common sense approach to facilitating factual and clear information. We did no less in our coverage. ~ Jason J. Baker (Owner/ Editor) Seaplanemagazine.com