Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel represent passengers who were aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship in a federal class action injury lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California against Carnival, Princess Cruise Lines, and Fairline Shipping International. The lawsuit alleges that the companies that owned and operated the Grand Princess knew the ship was infested with the potentially lethal COVID-19 virus, but nevertheless negligently exposed more than 2,000 passengers to the virus by failing to adequately screen passengers and crew, timely implement quarantining and social distancing procedures, and failing to implement adequate disinfecting procedures. To date, 21 people aboard the Grand Princess have tested positive for the virus and 2 have died.
As noted in the Complaint filed on April 8, 2020, before the San Francisco-Hawaii voyage at issue in the lawsuit, the Grand Princess sailed between San Francisco and Mexico. During that voyage, several passengers reported Covid-1- symptoms, which likely exposed the other passengers and crew. Despite knowing this, the defendants allowed approximately 62 of these exposed passengers and over 1,000 crew members to remain onboard the Grand Princess after the Mexico trip and to continue traveling to Hawaii, exposing the unknowing new passengers, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, to COVID-19. Defendants chose to not disclose this information to the new passengers coming aboard the ship. The lawsuit also alleges that defendants knew of Covid-19 outbreaks on other Carnival cruise ships, including multiple deaths, before the Grand Princess cruise left port.
Subsequently, on June 4th, 2020, a second class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of the more than 2,800 passengers negligently exposed to COVID-19 on the Princess Cruise Lines Grand Princess cruise from San Francisco to Mexico from February 11, 2020 through February 21, 2020. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
The class action lawsuits seek compensation for harm caused by the defendants’ actions, including for damages for illness and emotional pain and suffering caused by defendants recklessly exposing passengers to this deadly virus.