No. 14-4193.

822 F.3d 680 (2016)

Jill SIKKELEE, Individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of David Sikkelee, deceased, Appellant, v. PRECISION AIRMOTIVE CORPORATION; Precision Airmotive LLC, Individually and as Successor-In-Interest to Precision Airmotive Corporation; Burns International Services Corporation, Individually and as Successor-In-Interest to Borg-Warner Corporation, and Marvel-Schebler, a Division of Borg-Warner Corporation; Textron Lycoming Reciprocating Engine Division, A Division of Avco Corporation; Avco Corporation; Kelly Aerospace, Inc., Individually and Joint Venturer and a Successor-In-Interest; Kelly Aerospace Power Systems, Inc., Individually and as Joint Venturer and Successor-In-Interest a/k/a Electrosystems, Inc. a/k/a Confuel Inc.; Electrosystems, Inc., Individually and as Joint Venturer and as Successor-In-Interest a/k/a Consolidated Fuel Systems, Inc. a/k/a Confuel, Inc.; Consolidated Fuel Systems, Inc., a/k/a Confuel, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

Filed: April 19, 2016.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John D. McClune, Esq. , Katzman, Lampert & McClune, Troy, MI, Clifford A. Rieders, Esq. , Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, Williamsport, PA, Tejinder Singh, Esq. , [Argued], Goldstein & Russell, Bethesda, MD, for Appellant.

Christopher Carlsen, Esq. , Clyde & Co US, New York, NY, Daniel J. Feith, Esq. , Amy M. Saharia, Esq. , Kannon K. Shanmugam, Esq. , [Argued], Williams & Connolly, Washington, DC, Sara A. Frey, Esq. , Catherine B. Slavin, Esq. , Gordon & Rees, Philadelphia, PA, for Appellees Avco Corp. & Textron Lycoming Reciprocating Engine Division.

Jeffrey R. White, Esq. , Center for Constitutional Litigation, Washington, DC, for Amicus Appellant.

Jeffrey J. Ellis, Esq. , Quirk & Bakalor, Garden City, NY, for Amicus Appellee General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

Martin S. Kaufman, Esq. , Atlantic Legal Foundation, New York, NY, for Amicus Appellee Atlantic Legal Foundation and New England Legal Foundation.

Abby C. Wright, Esq. , United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Amicus Curiae.

Before: CHAGARES, KRAUSE, and VAN ANTWERPEN, Circuit Judges.


This case presents the question whether Abdullah v. American Airlines, Inc., 181 F.3d 363 (3d Cir.1999), in which we held that federal law preempts the field of aviation safety, extends to state law products liability claims. We hold it does not. In light of principles...


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