Give Me a ******* Break!

  1. Thursday December 20 12:52 PM ET

    United Sued for WTC Hijacking Attack
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The widow of a New Hampshire man who was a passenger on the United Air Lines flight that slammed into the World Trade Center filed on Thursday what is believed to be the first suit against an airline stemming from the Sept. 11 attacks.

    The wrongful death suit, filed in Manhattan federal court, alleges that United breached its duty to care for the safety of the passengers on Flight 175. The suit filed by Ellen Mariani, whose husband, Louis, was killed in the attack, seeks unspecified damages.

    The Nolan Law Group, the Chicago firm that filed the suit, said it believed this was the first action against an airline seeking to hold it liable for the hijacking.

    Louis Mariani, a 59-year-old retired sales coordinator at H.P. Hood, died when the plane hit Tower Number Two of the World Trade Center. The suit alleged that he suffered severe fright and terror before dying in the crash.

    A spokesman for United said the airline does not comment on pending litigation.

    Source: Yahoo News
  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   Stargazer
    Susy, get used to it. It may be the first one, but I'll bet you my right arm it won't be the last.

    Normally, a major airline could be considered a "deep pocket" (i.e. lucrative lawsuit target). However, since most of the airlines are struggling to stay afloat--and requiring government bailouts to do so--I'm afraid this is just one more way that, ultimately, the American taxpayer will end up paying for Sept. 11th.

    That said, if she's arguing that Sept. 11th represented a craptacular failure on the part of United (and other airlines) to provide effective security--and I believe she is--well, that's pretty much a prima facie argument at this late date. In other words, yeah, she's got a legitimate gripe there.

    However, given that the problem's been widely acknowledged (well, by everyone EXCEPT the airlines and the airline lobby, that is) and steps are FINALLY being taken by the federal gov't to correct the problem, I really don't see what she hopes to gain by this except some token go-away money. Actually, given that this case will set a precedent, the airline can't really afford to settle with her. Unless they're hoping to head off a class-action lawsuit. Either way, they're screwed.
  4. by   fergus51
    I would think that with all the money people have been donating to help victims' families that this sort of thing wouldn't be necessary. It's dissapointing to see.
  5. by   nurs4kids
    my exact sentiments!! pitiful.

    Suzy!! Great to see you back! I missed ya ;(
  6. by   3651bht
    Who's rights are "we" defending??????

    May the sun shine brightly on you, in peace, and may the wind be always at your back or something like that....

    You see, in the final analysis,
    it is between you and God;
    It was never between you and them anyway....

    Mother Teresa
  7. by   canoehead
    I heard on the radio that someone was saying that the government compensation offered to family members was not enough to compensate them for their grief and pain. Well I think the next question would be exactly how much do you think WOULD compensate you for the loss of your husband or wife? Can anyone put a number on it?

    And what about the millions of people worldwide suffering grief and everyone going to be compensated? How much?

    Seems like we should forget about government compensation on this one- it is not going to heal anyone.
  8. by   Q.

    I knew it was just a matter of time, and in a weird way I'm surprised, but then not surprised.

    While I believe airport security was not the tightest prior to Sept 11, hindsight is 20/20. Even AFTER Sept 11, people are NOW COMPLAINING about the heightened security. I just got back from a trip to Las Vegas and was searched at Milwaukee, Phoenix and Las Vegas. My safety pin (to hold up my pants) set off the alarm but nothing major. I thought the searches were very uneventful. They even searched my purse.

    Yet despite this, I read in USA Today about a woman who claims her underwire bra set off the alarm (I have a hard time believing this - I wear underwires and it didn't set it off) and she screamed and bolted down the terminal. Naturally security and military personnel caught her, tackled her and questioned her - only to find out she is some pyscho. Not only did this broad waste security resources and as a result of chasing her, allow Joe Terrorist to board the plane, but she is contemplating filing charges for "emotional distress."

    So..while I agree airline security was lax, there was no way the general public would have tolerated increased security prior to Sept 11; this is evident because even AFTER such a tragedy, already there is intolerance and annoyance to it. Unfortunately I believe Sept 11 was inevitable.
    Last edit by Susy K on Dec 21, '01
  9. by   oramar
    I am willing to bet money that the family of the kid that just flew a small plane into a bldg in Fla will start sueing people shortly.
    Last edit by oramar on Jan 11, '02
  10. by   3651bht
    stop giving teenagers flying lessons...

  11. by   Q.
    Why bobbi??

    My dad learned to fly at 16. Also, he was able to drive a tractor at 12. He lived on a farm and that was perfectly acceptable.

    I don't think limiting the rights of the masses for one stupid person is the way to go.
  12. by   Mkue
    Heard the other day that either the family of the teenager or someone is going to look into suing the company of the Acne Drug that the flyer was taking, causing possible depression.

    Hmmm. I'm sure that's what I heard on the radio or TV.

  13. by   kids
    There was a family interviewed on 20/20 or 60 minutes a while back that was sueing the company that made the acne med and the doctor who prescribed it because their (depressed) teenage son commited suicide.
  14. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by kids-r-fun
    There was a family interviewed on 20/20 or 60 minutes a while back that was sueing the company that made the acne med and the doctor who prescribed it because their (depressed) teenage son commited suicide.

    Thanks for that info !!!! You are quick !