Bloomberg Law
Aug. 20, 2021, 2:47 PM

Costa Cruise Lines Wins Dismissal of Covid-19 Negligence Suit

Julie Steinberg
Julie Steinberg

Costa Cruise Lines Inc. avoided a proposed class action by a passenger who alleges the cruise operator’s negligence contributed to a Covid-19 outbreak aboard the Costa Luminosa, as the Eleventh Circuit affirmed he must litigate in an Italian court, under Italian law.

Paul Turner alleged that on Feb. 29, 2020, the ship had to dock in the Cayman Islands and evacuate an Italian passenger who presented with symptoms consistent with Covid-19. The passenger tested positive for Covid-19 and died.

Costa allowed new customers to board the ship March 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., without adequate sanitation measures, Turner alleged. ...