Hogan Lovells is suing People Express Airlines Inc. for nearly $160,000 in legal fees the firm claims it's owed.
Hogan filed a lawsuit on Dec. 11 in the District of Columbia Superior Court against the start-up airline company. According to the complaint, People Express hired Hogan in 2012 to perform unspecified legal services. The firm did work for the company from March 2012 through January 2013.
According to the firm, People Express is in default of a promissory note and owes about $159,000 in legal fees. The firm is also seeking interest, reimbursement for costs and expenses, and attorney fees.
Hogan's lawyer, solo practitioner Randell Ogg, declined to comment. A representative of People Express could not immediately be reached.
People Express expanded rapidly in the 1980s as a low-cost carrier before going bust in 1986, according to media reports at the time. The airline was re-launched in 2012 as PEOPLExpress.
The case is assigned to Judge Michael Rankin. A scheduling conference is set for March 14.