The company Costa Cruises will face legal charges in Italy and the United States by the sinking of the Costa Concordia last week, about Gigli.
The Italian consumer association Codacons and two U.S. law firms assured BBC that Costa Cruises shall be now sued for the welfare of passengers, and ask for a minimum of $ 160,000 for each person on board.
Costa Cruises is a subsidiary of Carnival Group, based in the U.S., and has blamed the captain of the cruise Costa Concordia on the crash which killed at least 11 persons. The Costa Concordia struck rocks off the coast of the island of Giglio, in region of Tuscany, and left hundreds of people aboard the 4,200 injured. There are still 21 missing.
The Proner & Proner lawyer and Mitchell Proner announced, "along with Codacons have formed a partnership, and our firms will introduce a class action lawsuit in Miami on Wednesday of next week, on behalf of all victims of the disaster of the Costa Concordia". The plaintiffs, according Proner will seek compensation for medical care, loss of property and the psychological impact suffered while trying to leave the ship.
Some of the plaintiffs, which reach a total of 110, is required of at least double or triple the defendant, while the worst cases could seek up to one million euros. Costa Cruises, meanwhile, said they were open to the concerns of all consumer associations and passengers of Costa Concordia. "The company understands these concerns and will respond in due time, but now wants to concentrate on managing the immediate tragedy," said a company spokesperson.