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Carnival’s Princess Cruise Lines Must Face Passengers’ COVID-19 Lawsuit
    By Robert Burnson

    November 24, 2020

    Carnival Corp.’s Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. failed to persuade a judge
    to dismiss negligence claims by 17 passengers who allege they suffered
    COVID-19 symptoms after being exposed to the coronavirus on a February

    Monday’s ruling doesn’t address the merits of the lawsuit but it may
    give plaintiffs momentum after legal experts predicted virus cases
    against cruise companies would be difficult to win. Federal judges
    previously have sided with Carnival in decisions dismissing suits.

    U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles concluded that 17 of
    18 passengers made legally sufficient allegations to proceed — even
    though they were never tested for the virus, as was commonplace in the
    early days of the pandemic. They’re seeking punitive damages that
    could add up to millions of dollars.

    The one passenger dropped from the case only reported experiencing
    “fatigue and extreme anxiety.” The others claimed they developed
    “symptoms consistent with COVID-19” after coming into contact with
    passengers on the ship who had or appeared to have the disease.

    The Grand Princess left San Francisco for Hawaii on Feb. 21. Among the
    passengers were 62 who had been on the ship’s prior cruise to Mexico,
    including two with symptoms of coronavirus. The cruise line knew this
    yet failed to inform the new passengers, who might have chosen to skip
    the voyage, according to the suit.

    In July, the judge dismissed 14 consolidated suits making emotional
    distress claims on behalf of passengers who were in close contact with
    others on the ship infected by the virus.

    Princess Cruises didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment
    after regular business hours.