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California Family Joins Class Action Lawsuit Against Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines Over Coronavirus Exposures on Mexico Grand Princess Cruise

Article includes commentary from Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos, who represents the plaintiffs in the case

As reported by FOX News, a California family has joined a federal class action lawsuit filed on behalf of the more than 2,800 passengers who were negligently exposed to COVID-19 on the Princess Cruise Lines Grand Princess cruise from San Francisco to Mexico in February of 2020.

According to James Simmons, his family’s dream cruise turned into a nightmare when he and four other family members contracted COVID-19. He claims that the cruise line did nothing to encourage any social distancing and even kept buffets open as usual, where people were crowded in lines. “They were wrong and they endangered a lot of lives,” said Simmons. “There’s been multiple people who have died from our cruise ship. My own mother almost died.”

At least 100 passengers who traveled onboard the Grand Princess Mexico trip have tested positive for COVID-19, and two died after disembarking. One of these fatalities was, at the time, the first-reported death caused by COVID-19 in California. All told, Carnival cruises have reportedly been associated with more than 1,500 positive COVID-19 infections and nearly 40 deaths.

Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos, who represents the plaintiffs in the case, said that Carnival failed to protect its passengers, noting that “instead of taking appropriate action, the cruise line chose to try to convey to their passengers that everything was fine and normal.” Chalos added, “We want Carnival and Princess to be held accountable for the harm that they caused to their passengers.”

Learn more about Lieff Cabraser’s class action lawsuit against the Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines over their alleged negligent mishandling of the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak on their ships.

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About Mark Chalos

The managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. Mark represents counties and cities across the U.S., as well as Native American tribes and health organizations, in the national opioids litigation. He is serving as part of the national case leadership in these cases, including preparing bellwether cases for trial.

Mr. Chalos has tried cases to juries and judges around the country. He serves in the leadership of numerous class actions and multidistrict litigations. He is an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt University Law School, is a frequent speaker at legal seminars nationwide on a variety of civil litigation topics, and is regularly cited by top-tier media outlets.