Will class-action law protect Costa Concordia passengers and crew members?

Thomson-Reuters News & Insight
 Will class-action law protect Costa Concordia passengers and crew members? Two suits filed after the January sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship seek court approval to proceed as class actions in the United States. With regard to the passengers’ claims in both lawsuits, it is highly likely that their tickets contained class-action waivers and arbitration clauses, which generally are upheld by U.S. courts. So, despite the fact that all tickets likely state that a passenger can neither file a lawsuit in court nor proceed with a dispute in the context of a class action, both complaints seek to do so.

Relatives toss roses into sea near Italian ship

Albany Times Union
SIMONE CAMILLI, AP Ongoing operations to remove fuel from the half sunken hulk of the luxury ship Costa Concordia a month after it ran aground are seen outside the port of Isola del Giglio island in Tuscany, Italy, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. Tossing bouquets of red roses into the sea, the relatives of people still missing one month after the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster mourned in a private tribute Monday.

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Workers pump oil from shipwreck

Salvage workers Sunday began pumping fuel from the shipwrecked Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia, a day ahead of schedule, officials said. Operations began at about 5 pm on the wreck off the Tuscan island of Giglio, to remove fuel from seven of the ship’s tanks, with conditions calm. 

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