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$3M Plane Crash Verdict Against Continental Motors Upheld

Dec. 31, 2018, 1:58 PM

A jury properly awarded $3 million in damages against Continental Motors Inc. for a fatal plane crash, a federal appeals court ruled.

The suit brought by the estate of Daniel Snider wasn’t barred by a federal law that insulates aircraft manufacturers from liability for older parts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit said Dec. 28.

The General Aviation Revitalization Act bars lawsuits against aircraft manufacturers if a part fails more than 18 years after the product was delivered, and here the newer replacement part was made by a third party, Continental argued.

But that didn’t absolve the...

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