By Robert Stanton, Houston Chronicle
A Florida maritime law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of passengers aboard the ill-fated Carnival Triumph.
The federal lawsuit, filed Monday in Florida, says that Carnival Corp. was negligent for allowing Triumph to embark on the failed cruise when the company was aware the ship was prone to mechanical and or engine issues.
Three days after leaving Galveston on Feb. 7 for Mexico, a fire ignited in the Triumph's engine room, disabling the vessel's propulsion system and knocking out power.
The cruise ship drifted for days in the Gulf of Mexico before it was towed to Mobile, Ala., on Feb. 14.
Attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman in Miami filed the lawsuit on behalf of passengers Matt and Melissa Crusan of Oklahoma, and more than 100 other passengers.
Most of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit are from Texas, according to attorney Mike Winkleman. More at Houston Chronicle