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How the Travel Industry is Being Impacted by Class Action Lawsuits Due to COVID-19

COVID-19’s global spread has impacted nearly every industry, from grocery stores to corporate workplaces and beyond. The travel industry is one in particular that has been upended, as countless airlines have had to cancel flights and restructure their protocol, such as boarding and cleaning processes. Cruise lines are also forced to dock or confine passengers to their cabins to avoid infection. As a result, individuals have filed class action lawsuits against many companies in the travel industry.

Some current lawsuits being filed against travel-related companies include:

  • A class action lawsuit against Spirit Airlines, Southwest, and Frontier
  • A class action lawsuit against United, Delta, and American Airlines
  • Lawsuits filed by passengers against the Princess Cruise ships that were affected by the outbreak
  • Litigation against the Norwegian Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, and Holland America, the latter two of which are members of the Carnival Corp. family

Airlines are being accused of not following the law by failing to give passengers refunds for canceled flights or giving them vouchers or credits for future travel instead of a full refund. The lawsuits being filed against cruise lines are more directly related to COVID-19, as they’re being filed on behalf of passengers who have tested positive for the coronavirus while on board. Claims range from loss of civil liberties to negligence and emotional distress.

While airlines are facing class action lawsuits, cruise lines are the recipients of individual lawsuits, as they are exempt from class action suits along with companies like Expedia and Priceline.

What is a Class Action Lawsuit?

A class action lawsuit is filed by a law firm on behalf of a group of people who share a common injustice, injury, or illness caused by the same entity – in this case, passengers have been affected by the same airlines. After a settlement or win, all individuals involved in the suit receive compensation, with the law firm receiving some of the winnings. A lead plaintiff will typically sue a company on behalf of others facing the same issues, and they can expect to receive an individual service award for their efforts, which can be anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000.

Whether individuals are joining a lawsuit against an airline or a manufacturer of a defective product, the latter of which is a case our lawyers commonly handle, the process can take months and sometimes years to resolve.

Trust Our Track Record

Our own attorneys regularly represent groups of individuals who have been harmed by manufacturers or medical device companies in class action lawsuits.

Some of the cases we’ve successfully handled include:

  • IVC filters lawsuits
  • Talcum powder lawsuits
  • Xarelto lawsuits
  • Mirena IUD lawsuits
  • Stryker hip replacements
  • Granfulfo and Naturalyte

Having gone through the legal process time and again, our lawyers understand what needs to be filed and how to move your case along in an efficient way.

Billions of Dollars Recovered for Our Valued Clients

The professional and dedicated legal team at Rash Mueller has protected communities from harm caused by the same companies that are supposed to protect them for years. You deserve to feel safe, and when your life has been endangered, you deserve to be given fair and full compensation for the pain and suffering that’s been inflicted on you. Our law firm has a long track record of success and routinely handles class action lawsuits that involve medical malpractice, admiralty and maritime claims, and more. We’ve also defended countless clients who have been harmed by defective products.

At Rash Mueller, our class action attorneys have years of experience protecting consumers and other individuals who have collectively suffered harm at the hands of companies. We’re available to provide sound legal counsel on class action lawsuits, mass torts, and multi-district litigation when you call (954) 914-7116 for a free case evaluation, or contact us online.