1. Old Laws May Shield Cruise Lines From Huge Payouts in Coronavirus Lawsuits

    Old Laws May Shield Cruise Lines From Huge Payouts in Coronavirus Lawsuits

    Debi Chalik listened in horror as Vice President Mike Pence announced at a news conference that 21 passengers aboard the Grand Princess had tested positive for coronavirus. It was Friday, March 6, and her parents were on the cruise. She knew that their ages, 74 and 69, would make them particularly susceptible to the virus.  

    “I was very angry, given that there was no doubt my parents’ lives were placed at imminent risk of serious harm,” Chalik said. As an attorney, Chalik said she thought the cruise line had breached its duty to provide reasonable care for Ronald and Eva Weissberger and the rest of the ship’s 3,500-plus passengers and crew by failing to take precautions to stop ...

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