Friday, May 12, 2006

Maritime Law Applied to Flight 587 Case.

In re Air Crash Disaster atBelle Harbor, New York on November 12, 2001, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28279 (D. N.Y. 2006)

In a ruling that changes the applicability of punitive damages and has the potential for giving plaintiffs a larger recovery, the court ruled in pretrial motion proceedings that there was admiralty jurisdiction over the unresolved cases involving passengers, because the loss of the stabilizer occurred over Jamaica Bay. It is said that such jurisdiction could substantially increase the amount of potential recovery for the plaintiffs who have not settled up to this point.


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