Italian Cruise Lawsuit Revised, Adds New Plaintiffs

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New plaintiffs have been added to the revised lawsuit of the Italian cruise Costa Concordia disaster last month. On Tuesday, the revised lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court named 39 individual plaintiffs and seeks $528 million in damages.

The lawsuit names Carnival Cruise Lines Inc. (Miami-based) and its Costa subsidiary (offices both in Hollywood, Florida and Genoa, Italy). Since Costa’s cruise tickets specifically state that any legal action be filed in Italy, many experts believe it will be difficult to win in Florida.

Furthermore, Costa Concordia has extended its compensation offer for passengers until March 31. It includes 11,000 Euros ($14,485 at current exchange rate) plus reimbursement for extra travel expenses and cruise ticket costs.

Seventeen people died in the Costa Concordia disaster, and fifteen people are still missing.

IMAGE: AP Photo/Giuseppe Modesti