Lawyers for Costa Concordia Victims File Updated Lawsuit
By Theresa Norton Masek
July 10, 2012 5:10 PM
Lawyers representing victims of the Costa Concordia disaster filed a new complaint against Carnival Corp. and Costa, alleging product liability, defective ship design and “a pattern and practice of concealing and/or delaying notification of life-threatening situations to passengers on board their cruise ships, amongst other causes of action.”
The lawsuit seeks at least $2 million in compensation per passenger and $590 million in punitive damages. Another claim alleging wrongful death on behalf of several other parties is expected to be filed shortly, according to a news release from law firms Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik & Associates, which has offices in New York and Florida, and New York-based Proner & Proner, along with the Italian firm Codacons.
“No one got off the Concordia unscathed. Even those who survived and avoided serious physical injuries will never be the same after the horror they lived through,” said co-lead attorney Marc Jay Bern. “These people trusted a well-known cruise industry brand and had every reason to believe they were in responsible and experienced hands but unfortunately that proved to be anything but the truth.”
The law suit alleges that Carnival was aware that the ship’s hull design and power systems were defective, citing a February 2010 accident by the Costa Europa, which killed three crew members and injured four after striking a pier, and the November 2010 stranding of the Carnival Splendor off the coast of Mexico after it lost power.
The action, filed in Miami-Dade County, is against Carnival Corp., Carnival Corp. & plc, Costa Cruise Lines and Costa Crociere SPA. The suit alleges maritime negligence, product defect, professional negligence of the ship’s architect, intentional failure to abandon ship, corporate pattern and practice of failure to warn and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Carnival Corp. declined to comment, saying it does not discuss pending litigation.