“Strict Liability for International Aviation Disasters,” DRI For the Defense

“Strict Liability for International Aviation Disasters,” DRI For the Defense

August 2014

“Within a span of just eight months, the international aviation community experienced the tragic loss of three large commercial aircraft, resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries,” writes Jonathan S. Ziss, Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Aviation Litigation Practice Group. “While technical and forensic investigations continue in all three instances, the legal framework for liability is already well developed.”

In this article published by the Defense Research Institute, Jonathan analyzes the highly publicized tragedies of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and the questions of liability that have followed.  

“The ultimate lessons will not be learned for some time because the litigation surrounding the disasters will take place over many years to come,” he writes. “What is clear, however, is that the compensation scheme for many of the passengers who suffered injury or for the survivors of those who perished is well settled.”

In addition to addressing the legal framework for liability, Jonathan also examines “the uniquely modern challenges faced by corporate defendants in the age of instantaneous, crowd-sourcing, social media.”

Read the article here: