SPRINGFIELD (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court ruled last week that a Northbrook woman cannot continue with her lawsuit against American Airlines over a $40 baggage fee.

Plaintiff Andrea Barber purchased a ticket through American Airlines from Chicago to White Plains, N.Y., on Aug. 11, 2008.

Prior to boarding, she checked two suitcases and was charged a $40 checked baggage fee.

Then, after American Airlines canceled the flight, Barber declined to take another flight and instead requested her ticket be refunded along with the baggage fee.

The airline refunded the ticket, but refused to refund the $40 fee.

According to Barber's complaint, the airline's counter agent advised her it was not its policy "to refund fees paid by ticket holders for transportation of luggage in conjunction with a passenger
flight when that flight is canceled by the airline and the passenger does not accept another flight."

Four days after her flight was canceled, Barber filed a class action complaint against American Airlines in Cook County Circuit Court.

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