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Idaho Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Firm Client Friedman Memorial Airport

In a January 20, 2004 decision, a federal court in Idaho dismissed a lawsuit against firm client, the Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN), that challenged the airport's weight limit on use of its runways. The plaintiff—an operator of a Boeing Business Jet—claimed that the weight limit violated both the Airport Noise and Capacity Act and the Airport and Airway Improvement Act (AIP Grant Program). The court held that there is no private right of action under either statute, meaning that a private party cannot sue an airport proprietor for violation of either law. The decision is important because it reinforces long-held views (that have never been considered by a court) that an aircraft operator cannot sue to require an airport to prepare a Part 161 study for a noise or access restriction.