Jan31

$460 Million Class Action Filed on Behalf of Costa Concordia Victims

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Update 2/14/2012: The law firm of Proner & Proner is highly experienced in filing both class-action and individual claims, having recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients in both types of litigation. After evaluating the legal issues surrounding a class action in this particular case, we feel that filing a class-action on behalf of victims of the Costa Concordia cruise ship accident is not in their best interests at this point. Instead, we have filed individual actions collectively out of the belief that approaching this case as a mass tort rather than a class action will result in the greatest likelihood of our clients receiving the most significant economic recovery possible.

Moment by moment, we are analyzing all of the variables that impact on this case, and as of now, we remain unconvinced that bringing a class action is the proper strategy to take on behalf of the Costa Concordia victims we are representing from all over the world. Our primary goal is to see that those passengers who have suffered so greatly as a result of this needless tragedy are able to obtain the full measure of damages to which they are entitled.

If you or someone you love was on board the Costa Concordia when the shipwreck occurred, it is imperative that you contact Proner & Proner immediately to ensure that your rights are protected.

Archived Article: 1/31/2011

Mitchell Proner, of the New York law firm of Proner & Proner, announced the details of a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of 500 passengers who were aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship when it ran aground off the coast of the Italian island Giglio on January 13, 2012.  The lawsuit, filed by Proner in conjunction with the law firm of Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, seeks $460 million on behalf of the victims of the accident.

The class action has been filed in Florida, the home base of Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc.  Carnival owns Costa Cruise Lines, the company that operates the Costa Concordia.  While Costa Cruise Lines is headquartered in Italy, it is also registered in Hollywood, Florida.

In his January 31 press conference, Proner delivered a clear message to the cruise lines.

“They must be held responsible for what they did. They intentionally put the passengers at risk. We believe we can win in Florida and we are going to go forward, forward, forward without fear until they don’t know what hit them … sort of like the Concordia.”

In related news, Italian officials announced that the search for further bodies aboard the sunken ship is being halted.  So far, 17 bodies have been discovered, and at least a dozen more passengers remain missing and, according to the officials, are presumed dead.

While it is unknown whether the Florida courts will accept the class-action suit, due to the fact that the cruise tickets specified that all litigation must take place in the Italian courts, Proner is confident that the United States will respect the rights of the passengers over the terms set forth by the cruise lines.

Further details about the class-action lawsuit and Mitchell Proner’s press conference were published in the UK’s Guardian.

For further information about Costa Concordia litigation, please contact Proner & Proner.