The jury trial involving a Mount Pleasant woman who sued Delta Air Lines for false arrest and other allegations has ended without a resolution.
U.S. District Court Judge Mark Gergel ordered attorneys for Amanda Tuxworth and the Atlanta-based carrier to try to settle the case through a new round of mediation. Negotiations must begin by Feb. 9.
The two-day trial in Charleston ended Friday, when the court denied motions from both sides. No explanation was given.
The lawsuit stemmed from an incident on July 25, 2010, when Tuxworth and a business associate, Lisa Brown, arrived late at Delta’s hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. They missed their connecting flight and waited in line at a gate, where an employee told them to report to another gate, according to court records.
Brown tried to hand the female worker her frequent flier card — Delta officials said she threw it at the employee — but mistakenly gave the woman her debit card instead. When the employee refused to return the card, an argument broke out.
Delta officials said in court filings that Tuxworth tried to pull the card from the employee’s hand.
Airline workers told an officer to arrest Tuxworth and Brown on disorderly conduct charges. Tuxworth was handcuffed and jailed for 15 hours, according to her lawsuit. She said in her complaint that she missed work and felt ashamed and distressed during the experience. Tuxworth accused Delta of false arrest, malicious prosecution and defamation.
Delta denied the allegations in its response. In one filing, the airline said the employee felt threatened by Tuxworth, who tried to escape. It also argued the incident was properly reported to police.
Tuxworth demanded a settlement of between $150,000 and $300,000 at a failed mediation in September, according to court records. Delta offered between $10,000 and $30,000.
The case could be placed back on the federal trial roster for the March term if no settlement is reached.
Lawyers for Tuxworth and Delta could not be reached Monday for immediate comment.