Gary Lobaton filed a lawsuit against cruise line giant Carnival Corp., and its Italian unit Costa Crociere in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois over the wreck of the Costa Concordia. The lawsuit seeks class action status on behalf of nearly 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members and their families.
According to the lawsuit, “The defendants failed to properly and timely notify all plaintiffs on board of the deadly and dangerous condition of the cruise ship as to avoid injury and death.” The lawsuit also says the crew and passengers “were abandoned by the captain.”
The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, negligence, violations of the Athens Convention for safely carrying passengers at sea, and unjust enrichment, and seeks at least $100 million in damages, Bloomberg reported.
Last week, Costa reached agreements with consumer groups to pay approximately $14,452 per passenger for damages. One of the consumers groups is advising its clients not to take the settlement, and it preparing its own class action lawsuit, while another consumer groups reports that most of its clients are willing to accept the deal.