JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Ribbeck Law Chartered, which represents the majority of families of the victims of the deadly Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes, and Global Aviation Law Group, today (08/13) filed additional lawsuits against Boeing in the United States (US) federal court in Chicago, the firm said a written statement.
The firm has been seeking reasonable and fair compensation for the families of the victims of these tragedies. It said more than US$1 billion should be paid to the families of the Lion Air JT610 and Ethiopian Airlines ET302 crashes.
“We believe Boeing should pay the highest possible fine so they are forced to change the way they operate, placing profits ahead of safety. Boeing must correct its design of the 737 Max 8 aircraft to avoid losing innocent lives again,” Manuel von Ribbeck of Ribbeck Law Chartered says.
This is the latest in a growing number of lawsuits filed against Boeing in the aftermath of two fatal crashes involving the same model of plane. Ribbeck Law Chartered stated has filed 40 cases against the Boeing Company in Federal Court in Chicago for the recent Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft crashes so far.
“Today, we have added an additional case for a passenger from Kenya who died in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash. Our clients are seeking more than a billion US dollars for their damages. Next week we will file and an additional case for a family from Egypt,” Ribbeck said.
“Ribbeck Law Chartered and Global Aviation Law Group represent 66 families of both crashes, the majority of the passengers and cabin crew members affected by Boeing 737 Max 8 disasters and as we prepare the complaints, we will continue to file additional lawsuits to seek justice for our clients in the courts of the United States of America,” he adds.
It has been almost ten months since the crash of Lion Air Flight 610 and five months since the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. The families of the victims have not received a final report from the government’s official investigators and do not have access to the plane’s wreckage or design and manufacturing documents.
The most effective way to have the evidence protected and released to us it is by bringing these cases to court in Chicago against Boeing, the firm said.
“The families we represent demand to know how is it possible for the FAA to certify the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with so many flaws. By filing the cases in federal court we have chance to have access to the evidence pertaining not only to the design defects of the aircraft but also the protocols used by the FAA to authorize the certification of the airlines,” it said.
NBC News interviewed the victim’s families and made and extensive report of the mediation taking place in Chicago recently.
Ribbeck stated that “if no settlement is reached soon, our Co-Counsel, Global Aviation Law Group, will petition the court that the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines cases are consolidated to avoid contradicting orders from two different judges and together with Ribbeck Law Chartered, will bring the case in front of a jury.”
Deon Botha of Global Aviation Law Group stated, “We expect to file more lawsuits in the next few days. We are hoping we will be done filing all of our cases in the next few weeks.”
He stated Boeing’s intentional conduct not grounding the 737 Max 8 aircraft after the first crash is a crime, murder.
The case against Boeing for the Lion Air Flight 610 crash is set for mediation the week of August 19, 2019. The Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air cases, which are pending in the same federal court in Chicago, are both set for status hearings in September 2019.
Ribbeck Law Chartered, headquartered in Chicago with affiliated offices in London, Shanghai, Rome, Jakarta, Istanbul, and Lima concentrates in litigation arising from aviation disasters and catastrophic events worldwide. The firm represents more than 66 families of the victims of the crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 involving Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, the largest number of claimants represented by any law firm in the world.
While Global Aviation Law Group is a partnership of American, international law firms and lawyers from around the world with offices in 40 different countries in the US, Europa, Africa, and Asia. Global Aviation Law Group and Ribbeck law Chartered will together prosecute the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash cases against Boeing.
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