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The biggest U.S. customer of Boeing's 737 Max sued Boeing on Monday

The union representing pilots for the biggest U.S. customer of Boeing's 737 Max jets sued the company Monday for $100 million in lost income, accusing it of lying when it said the troubled planes were just as safe as their predecessors.

The  lawsuit was filed in Dallas County, Texas, District Court. The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) said its members signed off on flying the newer planes because Boeing Co. told them that they were airworthy and "essentially the same as the time-tested 737 aircraft that its pilots have flown for years." But „these representations were false."  The suit seeks unspecified damages, compensation for lost pay and the union's expenses in cooperating with federal investigations. "It is critical that Boeing takes whatever time is necessary to safely return the MAX to service," Jonathan Weaks, president of the union, said in the statement.

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Boeing responded in a statement that said that it valued its relationship with SWAPA but that "we believe this lawsuit is meritless and will vigorously defend against it."Boeing responded in a statement that said that it valued its relationship with SWAPA but that "we believe this lawsuit is meritless and will vigorously defend against it." The union represents nearly 10,000 pilots. The union has been negotiating with Boeing for compensation since early September without an agreement. The crashes forced Boeing to undergo a rocky recertification proces for the plane, and pushed the Federal Aviation Administration to review its process for approving planes for flight.

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