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.
By Hannah Sampson After filing a suit on behalf of six passengers who survived the Costa Concordiacruise ship disaster in January, attorneys said Monday they plan to add 39 people to the complaint. Lead attorney Marc J. Bern said the amended complaint would be filed Tuesday in Circuit Court in Miami.
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.
Two of the cruise sector’s biggest companies have reported falls in bookings in the aftermath of the Costa Concordia accident in Italy. Royal Caribbean Cruises and Carnival Corporation both said bookings had fallen about 15 per cent compared with the prior year following the incident on Friday, 13 January, which has claimed the lives of 17 passengers to date. Read More
The cruise industry took a hit when Carnival Cruise Lines ‘ Costa Concordia wrecked off the coast of Italy in January. Company Chief Executive Officer Kevin Sheehan said it is too soon to fully understand the incident’s impact on the industry. Last year saw big capital investment from NCL.
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.
Salvage workers started removing fuel from the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship that ran aground off the Italian coast a month ago.The operation began at about 5 p.m. local time yesterday and should take 28 working days to complete. Read More
Albany Times Union
A Duanesburg family that was aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship when it crashed into rocks off the Italian coast arrives at Albany International Airport on Jan. 17, 2012. The family includes Joan Fleser, her husband Brian Aho and theirdaughter Alana Aho. Read More
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
(AGI) Rome – Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco made an impassioned plea for “truth and justice” at a mass for the Concordia. Concluding the celebration in memory of the victims of the Costa Concordia he called on “the light of the Lord to help to achieve truth and justice, to heal the wounds, to build confidence and all the possible and necessary courage for the future.” Read More