Airlines Escape Mental Distress Damages Over 2009 Crash

Law360, New York (November 4, 2013, 6:14 PM EST) -- A federal judge on Monday dismissed certain damages claims such as grief and loss of companionship brought by victims’ families suing Continental Airlines Inc. over a 2009 crash near Buffalo, N.Y., that killed 50 people, saying the claims are prohibited under New York law.

Some of the claims in the multidistrict litigation, such as those for sorrow or mental distress are called nonpecuniary damages claims, which identifies them as injuries to “the affections and sentiments which arise from the death of relatives, and which, though most...
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