Case Examples

Amtrak Northeast Corridor Derailment

Kreindler represents victims of the Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia that occurred on May 12, 2015. The tragedy claimed the lives of at least 8 passengers, including 3 New Yorkers. More than 140 passengers went to area hospitals and several remain hospitalized with serious injuries. The train was travelling at over 100 miles per hour on a curve where the maximum speed limit is 50 miles per hour. The accident is being actively investigated on behalf of our clients by Kreindler's experienced railroad liability team, including partners Andrew Maloney, David Cook, Noah Kushlefsky and Dan Rose.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214

Kreindler & Kreindler LLP represents the families of students who lost their lives in the crash of Asiana Flight 214, and US and foreign passengers who suffered serious personal injuries. The firm is vigorously investigating all potential contributing causes of the crash on July 6, 2013, in San Francisco International Airport.

World Trade Center First Responders 9/11 Zadroga Act

Kreindler & Kreindler partner Noah Kushlefsky represents first responders and ailing workers through the maze of proof, paperwork, documents and evidence that is needed to properly present a claim in the VCF, and maximize compensation from the Fund. The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund provides benefits to people whose injuries and illnesses resulted from exposure to WTC dust and debris. The Act also provides ongoing health treatment for those sickened by the toxins. The law has been recently updated to include compensation and medical treatment for cancers linked to the toxic dust

NFL Concussion Litigation

Kreindler & Kreindler LLP partners Anthony Tarricone and Noah Kushlefsky, who were part of the team of lawyers that sued the National Football League over concussion related brain injuries were a key part of the class action lawsuit settlement reached with the NFL, NFL Properties, retired NFL players, their representatives and family members. The retired NFL players sued, accusing the NFL of not warning players and hiding the damages of brain injury. On April 22, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania entered a Final Order and Judgment approving the settlement.

BP Oil Spill/Deepwater Horizon

Kreindler represented businesses and business owners who have suffered significant financial losses as a result of the spill, and owners of private homes and rental properties throughout the Gulf States who have lost revenue and seen their property values plummet.

Kreindler & Kreindler LLP joined forces with some of the most prominent and successful law firms in the South and on the Gulf Coast to best represent the interests of their clients who have suffered injury and losses from the B.P. Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster.

9/11 Aviation Security Litigation

On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed, 400 were police officers and firefighters, in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, at the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., and in a plane crash near Shanksville, PA. Kreindler & Kreindler represented the most 9-11 families in all matters related to the tragedy, including the legal suits against the airlines and other entities; the suits against the terrorists and those who funded their actions, and in the execution of the federal 9-11 Victim Compensation Fund.

TWA Flight 800 Disaster

Kreindler & Kreindler LLP represented the largest group of families of passengers killed in the July 1996 TWA Flight 800 disaster off Long Island, New York. At the outset, many believed that a bomb or missile caused the crash. But based on our own intensive hands-on investigation, including the examination of several 747 aircraft in the California desert, the firm quickly determined that the likely cause of the disaster was a mechanical malfunction leading to an explosion in the center fuel cell. Armed with this knowledge, we filed the first suit in October 1996 against the airline and manufacturer. Three of the firm's partners were appointed by the court to the Plaintiffs' Committee, including the post of Committee Chairman.

Continental Connection (Colgan) Flight 3407

Kreindler & Kreindler litigated claims arising from the February 12, 2009 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, New York. The Continental Connection Flight 3407 disaster has exposed serious safety problems associated with regional airlines' operations and we are honored to represent the Flight 3407 families who have made improving aviation safety their primary goal. The Kreindler 3407 team includes Jim Kreindler, Justin Green, Dan Rose, Marc Moller, Noah Kushlefsky and Robert Spragg. The court has appointed Jim Kreindler chair of the committee of plaintiffs' lawyers prosecuting the case. The court appointed Justin Green and Dan Rose among the lead attorneys representing the plaintiffs.

Comair Flight 191, marketed as Delta Connection Flight 5191

In the early morning of August 27, 2006, the Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet 100ER that was being used for the flight crashed while attempting to take off from Blue Grass Airport in Fayette County, Kentucky, four miles (6 kilometers) west of the central business district of the City of Lexington. Kreindler & Kreindler played a leading role in the litigation arising from the disaster and successfully obtained a very favorable result for the firm's client.

American Airlines Flight 587

Our firm was honored to be appointed to the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee by the Court to prosecute the claims on behalf of the families of victims from the 2001 crash of American Airlines Flight 587.

Kreindler Partner Steven Pounian was appointed Chairman of the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee and Partner Robert Spragg served as Liaison Counsel. They, along with Kreindler partner Dan Rose, successfully prosecuted all claims against American Airlines and Airbus over the past 7 years resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for the families. This summer the last passenger case was successfully completed.

The claims of all 265 families of the victims killed in the disaster are now resolved.

Pan Am Lockerbie Disaster

The firm represented the largest number of families of passengers killed in the December 1988 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. The case required an investigation spanning seven different countries. Three of the firm's partners took leading roles in exhaustive international discovery, and thereafter on the trial, and won a verdict of wilful misconduct against the airline. Two of the first three damage cases we tried resulted in verdicts which set new worldwide records for recovery. We briefed, argued and defeated the airline's appeals. Our seven-year work effort resulted in the largest total recovery for a single disaster in the history of aviation. The firm continues to pursue claims on behalf of the families against the Libyan government.

Avianca Disaster

We represented the largest group of injury victims and families of passengers killed aboard an airliner which ran out of fuel and crashed in New York in 1991. Faced with the prospect of limited liability of the airline, the firm developed a negligence claim against the United States air traffic controllers who handled the aircraft. We painstakingly prepared a video recreation of the flight which placed in sharp focus the controllers' errors. After one week of trial the government agreed to a settlement which assured a complete damage recovery for all plaintiffs, even those who could not maintain their actions against the airline in the United States.

Korean Airlines Disaster

When a Korean Airlines 747 was shot down by a Soviet fighter in 1983, many believed there was no way to prove that the airline had committed "wilful misconduct," the standard necessary to recover full damages. Two of the firm's attorneys were appointed to the Committee that tried the case. We meticulously detailed the series of errors made by the pilots during the flight won a verdict of wilful misconduct against the airline and successfully defended the verdict on appeal.