A California family is among the many demanding that the cruise industry be held accountable for its mishandling of the deadly COVID-19 outbreaks onboard cruise ships last year. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, 73-year-old retired state park worker Lucio Gonzalez became ill and died within weeks after leaving a Grand Princess cruise ship operated by Carnival Corporation on February 21, 2020. The family is now suing Princess Cruise Lines and its owner Carnival for negligence and wrongful death.

However for the Gonzalez family as well as the many others harmed by Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines negligence, the fight against cruise industry negligence is proving to be an uphill battle as legal experts say maritime and corporate law makes it difficult to extract significant damages from cruise lines. Lawmakers and victims’ advocates have made similar complaints for decades, alleging that cruise companies hide and underreport crimes that take place onboard ships, and that crime victims on cruise ships rarely see justice.

“The system is rigged in favor of the billion-dollar corporations that own these cruise ships,” the Gonzales Family’s attorney, Lieff Cabraser partner Mark Chalos told the Times. “Ordinary families can’t band together collectively to fight with better resources. Class actions level the playing field.”

Read the full article on the Los Angeles Times website.

About Mark P. Chalos

The Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos (@mpchalos) 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.

Mark 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, a frequent speaker at legal seminars nationwide on a variety of civil litigation topics, and is regularly cited by top-tier media outlets.

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