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Firms to File Against Costa Cruises

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The cruise liner Costa Concordia lies aground on January 20, 2012 in front of the harbour of the Isola del Giglio.

Two U.S. law firms and Italy’s consumer association said Friday they plan on suing Costa Cruises on behalf of the 4,200 passengers aboard the wrecked Costa Concordia. They are seeking $160,000 in damages for each passenger. An attorney representing one of the firms said the case would seek compensation from Costa Cruises for medical care and psychological suffering that resulted from the accident and subsequent evacuation.  Costa Cruises, which is owned by Carnival Group, a U.S. company, has criticized the ship’s captain for what it called “grave errors of judgment” leading up to the accident.