DC Circ. Doubts Malaysia Airlines Flight Row Belongs In US

Law360, Washington (November 25, 2019, 8:34 PM EST) -- Two D.C. Circuit judges offered little hope Monday to victims’ relatives fighting to revive their multidistrict litigation to hold Malaysia Airlines, its insurer Allianz SE and Boeing Co. liable for the mysterious disappearance of Flight MH370 more than five years ago.

Circuit Judges Robert Wilkins and Arthur Randolph, who heard an appeal challenging a D.C. federal judge's dismissal of the litigation last November, appeared to agree with the trial court’s conclusion that Malaysia, not the U.S., is the appropriate venue to resolve the wrongful death and product liability litigation.

The MDL, which involves 40 complaints, was filed under the Montreal Convention,...

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