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Passengers Plan Lawsuit against Doomed Italian Cruise Ship

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More than 70 passengers of the Italian Costa Concordia cruise liner that sank off the coast of the small island Giglio in Tuscany have joined a class action lawsuit filed against the owner of the luxury liner by the consumer rights association Codacons, the Vancouver Sun reported.

“Our objective is to get each passenger at least 10,000 euros compensation for material damage and also for… the fear suffered, the holidays ruined and the serious risks endured,” said the head of Codacons.

The Costa Concordia was carrying over 4,200 when it sank after hitting the rocky coastline off the island. Eleven persons have been confirmed dead, and 24 others are still missing.

The class action lawsuit will have to be judged admissible by a magistrate, which could take months, however the co-head of Codacons says he is “fairly confident” the lawsuit will be allowed.

Captain Francesco Schettino has been accused of manslaughter and of abandoning the ship before all the passengers were evacuated. He has also been accused of the “unapproved, unauthorized maneuver” which caused the accident.

The environmental risks from the wreckage of the ship remain, as it will take some time to remove the fuel from ship. disclaimer: This article: Passengers Plan Lawsuit against Doomed Italian Cruise Ship was posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 at 9:24 pm at and is filed under Accident Lawsuits.

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