Multiple Suits Filed Against Costa Cruise Lines

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Six passengers from the doomed Costa Concordia ship have filed a lawsuit against Costa Cruise Lines and Carnival Cruise Lines seeking $460 million in damages.

The lawsuit follows a similar suit filed in Chicago federal court by a Costa Concordia crew member who accused both companies of negligence due to an unsafe evacuation. The Chicago case is also seeking class-action status.

Costa announced Friday it would reimburse passengers for travel and medical expenses. In addition, the company has offered uninjured passengers a little more than $14,000 to compensate for luggage and psychological trauma.

The problem for the cases going forward will be who has jurisdiction over the case. Typically, the country where the ship is based can have jurisdiction over the ship and any cases relating to it.

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