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Airlines Rejected by US Supreme Court on California Rest-Break Law

  • Justices let stand a $1.4 million award to flight attendants
  • Airlines say the ruling will force them to add crew to flights
A flight attendant assists travelers on an airplane.

A flight attendant assists travelers on an airplane.

Photographer: Luis Antonio Rojas/Bloomberg
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The US Supreme Court refused to insulate airlines from California’s meal and rest break requirements, leaving intact a ruling that Alaska Airlines Inc. said will mean “nationwide tumult” for the industry.

The justices, without comment, let stand a damage award against Virgin America Inc., now part of Alaska, in a class action suit by California-based flight attendants. Alaska contended that a federal airline law supersedes the California rules.