Malaysia’s Flight 370 Not Likely to Attract Lawsuits in US

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Though Boeing was the airplane in the Flight 370 disaster, the inability to find the wreckage reduces the chances of any successful lawsuit being filed. …

Though Boeing was the airplane in the Flight 370 disaster, the inability to find the wreckage reduces the chances of any successful lawsuit being filed.

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  • 1. Malaysia’s Flight 370 Not Likely to Attract Lawsuits in US Though Boeing was the airplane in the Flight 370 disaster, the inability to find the wreckage reduces the chances of any successful lawsuit being filed. Ironically, tragic incidents in the world give attorneys more work. Lawsuits are filed and the quest for retrieving damages is initiated. Lawyers, who are already immersed with work up till their necks, have suddenly much more to handle. The extra pressure should not compromise the efficiency of their tasks since their reputation is at stake. Some help with the immense data transcription service responsibilities could go a long way in easing the burden on law firms and attorneys, which is just what legal transcription outsourcing companies provide. No Lawsuits Filed in US Related to Flight 370 However, aviation litigation lawyers believe that there isn’t much chance for lawsuits to be filed in the US against aircraft manufacturer Boeing in relation to the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. This is because any suit charging faulty engineering in the Boeing 777 aircraft or due to the services it did cannot be proven till the wreckage of the plane is found. The other hurdle is the fact that most passengers who were onboard the ill-fated flight were Asians who, being from nations other than the US, are prohibited by the 1999 Montreal Convention from suing in US courts. Law experts believe that the relatives of the passengers, all of whom are feared dead, could sue in Malaysia or China. As per the Montreal Convention the damages would then be set at around $175,000 per passenger unless Malaysian Airlines is ruled to have shown negligence. If the latter has been found to be true, it would raise the damages significantly. No Airplane, No Proof To prove that the airplane was defective or that it was a cause of the accident, the wreckage must be identified. Without the plane there is no way to prove this. The Boeing 777 is believed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, one of the remotest and deepest ocean areas in the world, around 1800 to 2000 kilometers west of Perth, Australia. Massive search efforts by teams from Australia, United States, Malaysia and other nations have failed to yield any results yet. Most passengers of the flight, which veered off-course in its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, were Chinese. The reason why the flight changed course and turned off all communications and tracking systems during the change of the course is a mystery. Mechanical trouble is not considered the issue. On the other hand, theories including hijacking attempts gone wrong, mid-air explosion by smartphone-activated bomb, and pilot suicide have been suggested.
  • 2. Discovery Petition in Chicago Rejected However on the 25th of March a law firm in Chicago, where Boeing’s headquarters are located, did claim to represent one of the family members of a passenger of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and filed a discovery petition. This was based on a ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court that allows the plaintiff to obtain some records to identify potential defendants. However the petition was rejected by the Cook County Circuit Court judge three days later. Law firms in the US cannot therefore expect any more paperwork coming their way as a result of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disaster unless the wreckage is found. If the workload increases for them though, professional help is at hand with legal transcription services.