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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:24 PM

Class-action lawsuit filed in cruise ship fiasco

A Florida maritime law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of passengers aboard the ill-fated Carnival Triumph.

The lawsuit, filed on Feb. 18 in United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, claims that Carnival Corp. was negligent for allowing Carnival Triumph to embark on the failed five-day cruise when the company was aware the ship was prone to mechanical and/or engine issues.

Three days after leaving Galveston on Feb. 7 for Mexico, a fire ignited in the Triumph's engine room, disabling the vessel's propulsion system and knocking out power. The ship drifted for days in the Gulf of Mexico before it was towed to Mobile, Ala., on Feb. 14.

Attorneys at Miami-based Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman filed the lawsuit on behalf of passengers Matt and Melissa Crusan of Oklahoma, and more than 100 other passengers aboard the vessel. Most of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit are from Texas, according to attorney Mike Winkleman.

More at http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Class-action-lawsuit-filed-in-cruise-ship-fiasco-4293632.php .

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Reply Class-action lawsuit filed in cruise ship fiasco (Original post)
TexasTowelie Feb 2013 OP
nadinbrzezinski Feb 2013 #1
malaise Feb 2013 #2
nadinbrzezinski Feb 2013 #7
monmouth3 Feb 2013 #3
ProgressiveProfessor Feb 2013 #4
cbayer Feb 2013 #5
nadinbrzezinski Feb 2013 #6
octoberlib Feb 2013 #8
Posteritatis Feb 2013 #9
Peregrine Feb 2013 #11
Warpy Feb 2013 #10

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:27 PM

1. Good. Also they did not go to closest port.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:31 PM

2. We know why

They should have seen this coming

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:45 PM

7. Yup

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:32 PM

3. I was under the impression that passengers could not sue, they signed a document giving away those

rights. I could be wrong but that document makes Carnival not responsible if things go wrong.

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:37 PM

4. I too thought there was a waiver...

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:39 PM

5. While those clauses are often found in contracts, they do not always hold up

in court.

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:44 PM

6. There were a variety of things that Carnival did

That will make these clauses less than iron clad.

I hope they win good serious damages, and that the US and Mexico start doing spot safety inspections. This is no joke, people could die due to their....negligence.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:52 PM

8. +1

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:53 PM

9. That sort of clause gets regularly (and sometimes successfully) challenged

Especially if whatever mess that provoked the lawsuit is really unambiguously one party's fault.

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:58 PM

11. You can't waive negligence

But with a class action, the lawyers make millions while the victims get squat.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:56 PM

10. The negligence came in when they refused to pay the

harbor fees at Progresso, on the north Yucatan, the closest port. Instead, they were adrift for five unnecessary days until they were close enough to be towed to a cheaper US port.

That lawsuit might have a chance of success. This one really doesn't, not unless they can prove an ongoing problem in the engine room with the ship's electrical system.

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