COVID-19 Wrongful Death Suit Against Cruise Line Harbinger of Litigation to Come

On May 4, 2020, Christopher Weidner filed a wrongful death claim against Carnival Corporation and a subsidiary company, Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleging that the companies’ negligence caused his father, 74-year-old Carl Weidner, to contract COVID-19 while on a cruise. Lawsuits of this nature, challenging businesses’ notice of and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, are already increasing, and will likely grow exponentially once courts resume normal operations across the country.

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