Mitchell Proner Leading Litigation against Costa Concordia Operating Company
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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: 1/23/2012
Mitchell Proner is joining forces with the Italian consumer association Codacons and another American law firm to file a class-action lawsuit against Costa Cruise Lines, the company that operates the Costa Concordia cruise ship. The Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of Giglio, an Italian island, on January 13, 2012, killing at least 15 passengers and injuring hundreds of others.
Personal injury attorney Proner confirms that he and his colleagues will be seeking at least $160,000 for each passenger who was aboard the ship at the time of the disaster. Those who were severely injured in the shipwreck, as well as the families of those who lost loved ones, could collect hundreds of thousands of dollars on top of that amount.
Costa Cruise Lines, which is owned by Carnival Cruise Lines, has gone on record as blaming the accident on the negligent actions of Captain Francesco Schettino in an attempt to minimize its liability. Proner has initiated legal action against Schettino in the Italian civil courts; however, he is adamant that blame for the tragedy does not end there.
In typical cruise ship accident cases, passengers are bound by the legal terms laid forth on the ticket. For example, most cruise ship tickets establish a much shorter time limit within which passengers may file claim against the cruise ship company than normally set by United States state and federal laws. In the case of Costa Concordia victims, litigation resulting from the accident would have to occur in the courts of Italy.
Proner, however, is confident that the United States courts will accept the case in an effort to protect the rights of the 120 American citizens who were onboard the Costa Concordia.
If you or a member of your family was involved in the Costa Concordia cruise ship accident, please contact personal injury attorney Mitchell Proner to learn more about your legal rights and options. As an expert in personal injury, wrongful death, and maritime law, attorney Proner can provide you with the compassionate guidance you need and fight aggressively for your rights.