Amtrak Damage Cap Could Spur Discord After Philly Crash

By Matt Fair (May 15, 2015, 5:32 PM EDT) -- A $200 million statutory cap on damages Amtrak can face from train disasters could lead to a messy claims process and potential in-fighting among lawyers representing victims of Tuesday's deadly derailment in Philadelphia, experts say.

As the last of the wreckage from the site was removed on Friday and investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board continued their inquiry into the crash, victims and their families have started to retain counsel for what attorneys say is likely to be a crowded field of potential claimants for a limited pool of damages allowed under federal law.

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