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Costa Concordia Class Action to Come to Miami

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Class Action lawyer network accepting class action cases from the victims of the Costa Concordia. Concordia Costa lawsuits may be heard in Miami. Class Action lawyer Network Admirality lawyers are ready to help the victims.

Sww story Costa Concordia owners face multi-million pound lawsuit
The owners of the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia are facing a class action from more than 100 passengers.
Costa Concordia passengers face legal obstacle course
According to the contract, bereaved families or injured passengers have 185 days to submit a claim Photo: REUTERS

By Victoria Ward, Meta di Sorrento

11:17AM GMT 21 Jan 2012

More than 100 passengers have already joined a class action and are reportedly seeking to claim more than £100,000 each.

Papers are expected to be lodged in a Miami court next week by two US law firms which have joined forces with Codacons, the Italian consumer association, according to the BBC.

Costa Cruises, which is owned by the US-based Carnival Group, has blamed the ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, for last week's disaster, which has claimed at least 11 lives.

It has accused him of gross negligence and trying to cover up the accident after the 114,500-ton ship started taking on water after hitting the rocks off the island of Giglio on Friday, January 13.

Costa's president, Pier Luigi Foschi, said that Mr Schettino had "character problems" and had failed to tell the company the truth of the scale of the accident for crucial minutes before an order to abandon ship.

Venue is being Brought to Miami Florida. if you or a loved on was a victiiom of the csta Concordia Disaster call class Action lawyer Network Today to get help in filing a claim.

2 days ago

Punitive damages could be in the millions for Costa Concordia cruise crash

Passengers have been warned that their ticket may contain a venue selection provision and a short one year statute of limitations in which to bring a claim for their losses.

Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson, partner at the nationally recognized trial law firm Colson Hicks Eidson and former president of the American Association for Justice – the world’s largest association of trial lawyers – believes punitive damages will be appropriate for the Costa Concordia accident which resulted in loss of life and countless injuries to thousands of passengers in an unexplainable and completely avoidable accident.

The cruise ship is operated by Costa Cruise Lines, Inc. and its subsidiary, Costa Crociere S.p.A., located in Hollywood, Florida. Both companies sail under the banner of their owner Carnival Cruise Lines, the largest cruise company in the world, which is located in Miami-Dade County. According to Eidson, all three corporations could be liable for the passengers’ damages and for violation of laws and industry regulations.
“At this time we know of 6 dead and 29 unaccounted for. There are serious physical and psychological injuries to the thousands of passengers who were fortunate enough to escape with their lives,” says Eidson.

The Costa Concordia ran aground on Friday after hitting rocks off the coast of Italy with more than 4,200 passengers and crew on board. Costa Chairman and CEO Pier Luigi Foschi blamed human error stating, “The captain did not follow the authorized route that is used by Costa ships.” The Captain, Mr. Schettino, told Italian television he was not to blame for the ship, built in 2006, crashing into the rocks. “I don’t know if it was detected or not, but on the nautical chart, it was marked just as water…”

“In addition to loss of use of the vessel and potential criminal charges, Carnival will face enormous costs associated with personal injury and negligence lawsuits,” says Eidson. “Lawyers and safety investigators will examine issues like safety procedures and negligence such as failing to perform the safety drill, policy failures that allowed a captain to abandon ship before the passengers, and lack or failure of a warning system to notify the crew they were off course, which could have prevented such a foreseeable accident from occurring. In addition, they will examine the fundamental question of how Carnival and Costa would employ a captain who would knowingly sail their ship into such dangerous conditions and allegedly tamper with the ship’s safety detection equipment.

Update: Costa, Carnival pledge support to Concordia passengers and crew
by: Arlene Satchell January 18th, 2012 | 10:39 AM

Update 5:49 p.m. ET Jan. 18

Costa Cruises and Carnival Corporation & plc Reiterate Commitment to Support Costa Concordia Passengers and Crew

Genoa, Italy and MIAMI – January 18, 2012 – Costa Cruise Lines and its parent company, Carnival Corporation & plc, today confirmed their commitment to provide full support to those passengers, crew and families of the victims of the Costa Concordia grounding.

“I give my personal assurance that we will take care of each and every one of our guests, crew and their families affected by this tragic event.  Our company was founded on this principle and it will remain our focus,” said Micky Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc.

In this spirit, Costa has been arranging lodging and transportation for affected passengers and crew members to return home.

Every passenger and crew member or their family is being contacted and the company has offered its assistance and counseling as needed, and will be addressing personal possessions lost on board. 

Costa has also begun the process of refunding all voyage costs including both passenger cruise fares and all costs incurred while on board.  Our senior management teams are working together to determine additional support.  

“During this time of tragedy, we are doing our very best to provide the needed support to the Costa Concordia passengers, crew and their families,” said Pier Luigi Foschi, chairman and CEO of Costa Cruises.

Update 4:35 p.m. Jan. 18

Costa Cruises Statement Regarding Environmental Issues Related to Costa Concordia

“For Costa Cruises protecting the environment is an integral part of its corporate mission, as it has demonstrated by obtaining the most stringent international certifications (UNIEN ISO 14001).

The company therefore recognized the need to promptly address issues concerning the protection of the marine environment following the Costa Concordia accident. 

In the hours immediately after the accident, Costa Cruises commissioned leading worldwide salvage experts Smit Salvage BV, of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, to draw up a plan to recover the reserves of fuel from Costa Concordia. From the outset, this plan has been shared with the relevant authorities and, as a result of their full cooperation, is expected to be implemented by the end of the week.”

UPDATE: Jan. 18, NOON

The Costa Concordia tragedy has raised questions about how to improve cruise safety.

Some experts suggest that emergency drills, now required within 24 hours of departure, be mandated instead before cruise ships leave port.

For our story on cruise safety and whether a similar disaster can happen in South Florida, click here.

For a comprehensive report on the disaster in question-and-answer form,  read a CruiseCritic.com article here.

We’ll keep you updated on this blog.

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Statement from Costa Cruises on Costa Concordia

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2012, 7:08 a.m.) — We are deeply saddened to learn that additional people have been found during the search of Costa Concordia, and extend our heartfelt sympathies to their families.  

We continue to cooperate with authorities to support the rescue and recovery efforts, and to help secure the vessel to ensure that there is no environmental impact. 

Costa Concordia, By Zuma Press, MCT

Our main priority remains the location of those passengers and crew who have not yet been accounted for. While rescue efforts continue we are reaching out to all our guests and their families to offer further assistance.

At least 11 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the ship’s grounding off of Italy and more than 20 are still missing.

If you have a loved one that has been injured or killed due to this horrific event contact the Class Action Lawyer Network Costa Concordia Support line today.

 

 

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