Forum Non Conveniens in Global Mass Accident Situations – Italian Plane Crash Example
‘Mass accident” cases produce tough issues on applicable law and teh forum for litigation. The 11th Circuit recently issued a per curiam ruling affirming a district court order invoking forum non conveniens principles to cause 69 of 70 air crash lawsuits to be tried in Italy instead of the United States with respect to a plane crash in Milan, Italy. The district court order directed Cessna to submit to jurisdiction in Italy. The case is King v. Cessna Aircraft Co., No. 08-11033. The opinion is here.