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First Piece of Litigation Filed in U.S. Over Missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370
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A multi-million dollar litigation case has been started against Malaysia Airlines for the disappearance of Flight 370, according to ABC News. The litigation was started in the United States and was filed in Circuit Court in Cook County, Illinois.

The initial defendants are Malaysia Airlines and the plane manufacturer, Boeing. The firm behind the suit is Ribbeck Law, which is headquartered in Chicago. The announcement was made by the head of the firm’s Global Aviation Litigation group, Monica Kelly.

  
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Kelly said that more defendants could be added to the lawsuit in the coming days and weeks. Some of those defendants could be manufacturers and designers of parts on the plane that might have malfunctioned.

It seems as though the law firm is also looking into the human cost for the lawsuit. A Ribbeck attorney, William Wang, told ABC News last week that some one-third of the Chinese passengers on the plane were the only child to their parents.

“At least 50 parents lost their only one child,” Wang said. “For them it is a disaster.”

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The petition filed in the court was done so on the behalf of Dr. Januari Siregar. Siregar said his son was on the flight bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. It disappeared on March 8.

Kelly said that there is a request that Boeing identify a person or company who has “evidence of findings of corrosion and fractures in the fuselage of the Boeing 777 fleet that could lead to catastrophic fatal depressurization of the cockpit.”



A section of the filing asks a judge to order companies “to provide the identity of the person or company who is in possession of information pertaining to the training of the crew for catastrophic incidents including fire in the cockpit and sudden depressurization; the identity of the person or company who is in possession of the security practices of Malaysia Airlines; the identity of the person or company who provided training to the crew with regards to safety of the aircraft; the identity of the person or company who is in possession of the documents pertaining to Malaysia Airlines physical and psychological evaluations of the crew.”



 

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