Continental, Others Face Unlimited Damages In Crash Suit

Law360, Washington (July 19, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge ruled Monday that plaintiffs in a multidistrict litigation over a 2009 airplane crash near Buffalo, N.Y., that killed 50 people can pursue unlimited punitive damages from the flight's operators under state law.

The case against Continental Airlines Inc., Colgan Air Inc., Pinnacle Airlines Corp., Bombardier Inc. and others centers on the Feb. 12, 2009, crash that killed everyone on board, as well as one person on the ground. The plane was headed from Newark, N.J., to Buffalo.

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