She invades his limited personal space with her seat, and she is the aggrieved party?
Kinda like backing into a parked car, then suing the owner for parking in their assigned space
So then, her row can't recline, sure. Got it. Then, of course, the next row in front of her can't recline. And the next, and the next. So, no one can recline at all? Or this woman just has to suck it up? That's ridiculous. If you're the poor schmuck who gets stuck in a seat that won't recline, that doesn't mean every single person on the plane has to share your discomfort. Airline seats recline, period. If some airlines want to disable recline on ALL seats, that's fine too.
A few years ago, I had a flight where my "reclining" seat wouldn't recline. After a few tries, I got up and looked at the back of my seat, and sure enough, the millennial behind me had inserted clips that prevented my seat from reclining. You can buy such devices online. Of course, the idiot's seat WAS reclined. After a brief and direct conversation, he removed his silly devices.
That was her space. She paid for a reclining seat.
If airlines sell you a reclining seat then it stands to reason, you are allowed to use that feature unless directed by the pilot/stewardess to place the seat in an upright position, e.g., for take off and landing. The woman paid of a seat that reclines. She has every right to use/recline her seat. I can understand why she is suing.
“Kinda like backing into a parked car, then suing the owner for parking in their assigned space”