Sikorsky Copterline Crash — Crash of a commercially operated S-76C+ Sikorsky helicopter in the Baltic Sea while transporting twelve passengers and two crew from Tallin, Estonia to Helsinki, Finland. Case litigated in both New York and Connecticut. Difficult legal issues of choice of law (Death on the High Seas Act, general maritime law, Finnish or Estonian civil law), forum selection, Hague Convention access to evidence, and level of damages for Finnish families who received generous social welfare benefits. Case resolved for confidential, record setting amount for a Scandinavian crash.
Blue Water Litigation — Represented public water district against claims of tainted, copper contaminated water due to inadequate chlorination techniques. Claims brought by over 100 homeowners for personal injury and depreciation of property values, and by four large home building developers for lost profits (construction activities were shut down by state due to tainted water). Over $100 million in claims asserted. Complex legal issues of public entity liability, contract indemnity, economic damages rule, and causation involved. Case ultimately resolved with water district paying none of its own money, and later recovering $5 million from its insurance carrier for bad faith refusal to defend and indemnify.
Helios Airways Flight 522 Crash — Crash of Boeing 737 due to cabin de-pressurization en route from Cyprus to Prague via Athens. Hotly contested issues related to cause of depressurization and responsibility therefore. Initially litigated in Chicago, IL (headquarters of Boeing). Significant legal issues of forum non conveniens, choice of damages law (i.e. Greek, Cypriot, American), and application of international air carrier treaties. Resolved for record amounts under Greek law, which are confidential.
Korean Air Flight 801 Crash — Represented severely injured passengers aboard a Korean Air Boeing 747 which crashed on approach to Guam Airport en route from Korea. Claim asserted against U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for air traffic control errors. Litigated in Central District Court of California (Los Angeles). As a result of the case, new ATC procedures have been implemented to improve air safety. Clients awarded record amounts, totalling $36 million.
Air Philippines Flight 541 Crash — Represented families of 42 decedents on board Boeing 737 which crashed on approach to Davao City Airport in Mindinao, Philippines. Litigated case in Cook County, Illinois for eight years and established new law on liability of U.S. based aircraft lessors for overseas accidents. On eve of trial, cases settled for record amounts, totalling $63 million for our clients and $165 million for all passenger families.