Costa crew file lawsuit in Chicago

January 27, 2012 4:41:42 PM PST
A crew member from the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia has filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago against Carnival Cruise Lines and its Costa subsidiary.

The lawsuit seeks to represent all 42-hundred passengers and crew aboard the vessel when it struck rocks and capsized January 13.

Carnival and Costa are both based in Florida.

The lawsuit says Chicago is a proper venue because carnival does substantial business in Illinois.

Lawsuits filed in the US face an uphill battle.

The Cruise ticket contract contained a clause that said any lawsuits must be filed in Italy.