JULY 10, 212 — Law firm Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP says that victims of Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster have filed a new complaint in Florida State Court before the Florida Circuit Court (11th Judicial Circuit) in Miami-Dade County.
The action, says the law firm, is against Carnival Corporation, Carnival Corporation & PLC, Costa Cruise Lines, Inc. and Costa Crociere SPA, all registered in the State of Florida, who face state law claims for maritime negligence, gross negligence, negligence - product defect as to Carnival Corp., professional negligence of the ship's architect, intentional failure to warn, intentional failure to abandon ship, intentional failure to notify authorities, corporate pattern and practice of failure to warn, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent retention (by the cruise line of Captain Schettino), fraudulent misrepresentation and fraudulent inducement.
The law firm says that another claim, alleging wrongful death on behalf of several other parties, is to be filed shortly.
Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik & Associates, LLP (with offices in New York and Florida) and New York-based Proner & Proner, along with the Italian firm CODACONS, are representing the plaintiffs in their litigation against the Carnival Group and the other responsible parties. At least $2 million dollars in compensation per passenger is sought and attorneys plan to request $590 million dollars in punitive damages.