9th Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments at UM

Newly appointed U.S. Circuit Judge Anthony D. Johnstone, a former University of Montana law school professor, heard oral arguments for two Montana cases on Friday in Missoula.

Johnstone was joined by Chief Circuit Judge Mary H. Murguia and Senior Circuit Judge Sidney R. Thomas. The three heard arguments for Lisa Sides v. Global Travel Alliance Inc., a case brought by families and students, some from Montana, looking at whether the plaintiffs were adequately refunded by the travel group over disrupted trips during the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

U.S. Circuit Judge Anthony D. Johnstone, a former professor at the University of Montana law school, hears oral arguments on Friday in Missoula. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard two separate cases centered in Montana at the University of Montana on Friday morning. 


Global Travel Alliance is a service that plans and sells trip packages to students. It has offices in both Bozeman and Minnesota, according to its website. Bridget Asay, an attorney for the plaintiffs, asked the court to reverse a U.S. district court ruling and

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