A group of four Americans and two Italians have filed a $460 million civil lawsuit in Florida against Carnival Corp. Costa Cruises. The plaintiffs rejected the $14,000 settlement offer offered by Costa Cruises to the passengers and crew of the Costa Concordia, which sank off the coast of the Italian island of Giglio.
The lawsuit alleges the wreck was caused by Captain Francesco Schettino, when he sailed too close to the shore while “saluting” a retired admiral. The Captain sailed the ship within 150 yards of the coast, with the lights on all decks lit, and sounded its sirens as a salute to the admiral, who was a colleague of Schettino.
The wreck of Costa Concordia cost 16 people their lives, with another 17 people still missing and believed dead.
The lawsuit was filed in Miami, as the group insists that compensation claims against the cruise line should be heard in America, because Carnival Crop is a U.S.-based business. The lawsuit seeks damages and compensation. The suit was announced in Genoa by representatives of the plaintiffs.