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Increasing Number of Costa Concordia Passengers Joining Florida Lawsuit

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Thirty-three more passengers have joined a Florida lawsuit filed by six passengers against Carnival Corp, alleging negligence and fraud and seeking more than $78 million in compensatory damages and $450 million in punitive damages, after the Costa Concordia disaster that killed 32 people.

According to the lawsuit, “Plaintiffs found themselves in a listing, capsizing, sinking vessel without communication, direction or help from the captain and misdirection from the crew from approximately 9:45 p.m. to approximately 11 p.m. and were left to fend for themselves,” the International Business Times reports.

The lawsuits claim that crewmembers did not provide passengers with adequate information or conduct proper safety drills, and that the crewmembers themselves were not prepared for the evacuation, causing mental distress to passengers.

The lawsuits also claim that passengers were forced to fend for themselves, and that the captain abandoned them.

Carnival Corp has offered each passenger a settlement of $15,000, but said, “The families of deceased and missing victims and guests who were injured will be covered under a separate proposal based on their individual circumstances,” MSNBC reported. disclaimer: This article: Increasing Number of Costa Concordia Passengers Joining Florida Lawsuit was posted on Friday, February 17th, 2012 at 6:49 pm at and is filed under Accident Lawsuits.

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