More than 1,000 businesses and hundreds of Costa Concordia passengers are filing lawsuits against Carnival Corp in U.S. federal and state courts despite legal obstacles that could force them to file in Italy, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The suits seek millions in damages from Carnival, the parent company of the cruise line that ran aground of the island of Giglio in Italy.
The lawsuits claims that because Carnival is the parent company of Costa Crociere which owns the sunken ship, it is responsible for negligence, recklessness, and any safety violations that may have been involved in the January 13, 2012 accident. 32 people died in the wreck, and businesses claim that the wreck has depressed property values, deterred visitors, and polluted local waters. More Lawsuits against Carnival Corp Filed in U.S. Despite Legal Obstacles