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Missouri Duck Boat Captain Indicted with Criminal Charges
The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri announced criminal charges against the captain of the Stretch Duck 7 duck boat - the craft that tragically sank in Table Rock Lake, Missouri in July, killing 17 passengers.

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Lion Air Crash Initial Data Implicates Pitot-Static System
On October 29, 2018, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia into the Java Sea. 189 people were onboard the Indonesian airline's aircraft and all are presumed dead. The plane was a new Boeing 737 MAX 8, and was delivered to Lion Air less than 3 months prior to the crash. Pilots began experiencing trouble almost immediately after takeoff and early reports from Indonesian safety investigators indicate that each of the four previous flights of the crashed plane had problems with the airplane’s airspeed. This may implicate the pitot-static system. Errors in the pitot-static system can be extremely dangerous and can cause the pilot to receive unreliable altitude and airspeed information (among other information) and lead to disaster.

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9/11 Saudi Arabia Terror Case - FBI to Produce Documents
The Dept. of Justice has agreed to have the FBI begin producing formerly classified documents, including some that plaintiffs have requested. There will be three "tranches" of document production, with the final group of documents expected in January 2019.

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Third Circuit Court Reverses District Court - Huge Win for Aviation Victims
Kreindler worked with the American Association of Justice (AAJ) on an important amicus brief that presented arguments against the federal preemption ruling that would have provided immunity to aviation manufacturers for defective products that cause aviation disasters that injure and kill passengers and aircrew. The decision is a huge win for aviation safety and for the rights of aviation victims and their families. The case is Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive Corp.

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Partners Brian Alexander, Justin Green and Dan Rose to Speak at 2018 AViCON

Partners Brian Alexander, Justin Green and Dan Rose will be speaking at the 2018 AViCon Conference in Stevensville, Maryland, September 13-14. The annual conference provides an educational forum for a wide range of aviation insurance professionals including claims managers, airline board members, product manufacturers and government investigators. Mr. Alexander will speak at the session, "Strange Bedfellows: Plaintiff and Defendant Cooperation - To The Consternation of Co-Defendants." Mr. Green will speak at the session, "Investigating, Prosecuting and Defending Military-Civilian Aviation Accident Cases." Mr. Rose will speak at the session, "NTSB Interaction with Foreign Nations."


Partner Anthony Tarricone Selected for AAJ Award
Managing Partner of the Kreindler & Kreindler Boston office, Anthony Tarricone, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Leonard Ring Champion of Justice Award. The Award is given to an attorney who has provided distinguished service in advancing AAJ’s mission and growth, and who has made outstanding contributions to trial advocacy and the legal profession. The award presentation will take place at the 2018 AAJ Annual Convention in Denver, CO on July 10.


Southwest Airlines Catastrophic Engine Failure in Mid-Flight
Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, a scheduled flight from New York to Dallas suffered a catastrophic engine failure on Tuesday morning.  Preliminary investigation revealed that the airplane’s left engine suffered a turbofan blade failure, which severely damaged the engine, the leading edge of the wing and then penetrated the fuselage, including a cabin window. Tragically, a passenger seated near the window lost her life.

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Update - 4/20 FAA issues Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) to owners and operators of Model CFM56-7B engines regarding ultrasonic inspection for cracks in fan blade assembly.


Liberty Helicopters Crash in NYC's East River
Kreindler is closely monitoring the ongoing investigation into the tragic helicopter crash in New York City's East River on March 11th.
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Amtrak Crash Investigation May Focus on Switch
NTSB officials are reportedly looking into why a railroad switch was set in the wrong position which directed a New York-to-Miami bound Amtrak train onto a side track where it crashed into an empty freight train killing the conductor and the engineer and injuring more than 50 passengers.
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9/11 Lawsuit vs. Saudi Arabia in Court
“We’re coming here for justice,” Kreindler attorney Steven R. Pounian told reporters on January 18, 2018. Later that morning U.S. District Court Judge George B. Daniels listened to oral argument in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's motion to dismiss our lawsuit holding them accountable for sponsoring the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
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