Should They Sue?

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    Stuck on crippled liner, eating Spam, with no Internet service, cruise passengers are towed to U.S. | cleveland.com

    I am curious if the tort reformers around here think the passengers of this ship have a right to sue, and if so, should they exercise it?

    I'm betting the answer from many will be "no", in which case I have a final question: are there ANY torts (bad acts or negligent acts that cause harm) you feel a plaintiff should sue over?
     
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    They're being offered a refund, and a free trip. Carnival would be idiots not to demand a signed release in exchange for that.
     
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    WTF wants to get on one of this company's boats ever again?

    As for "offered a refund" -- seriously? Do you think these passengers got the benefit of the bargain they struck? What compensation is being offered people who cannot take another vacation or who lost an opportunity they cannot replace to spend time relaxing with family?
     
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    Then they can take their chances, prove damages.

    Ever been on a Carnival cruise?
     
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    No. I lived in Florida for many years and would never get on one. Far too many safety and environmental problems.
     
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    Do you know how many of those things they have running at any given time?
     
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    I have no desire to be crammed into essentially a floating hotel with over 4,000 other people for a week or so.

    Not even if Sarah Palin was onboard.
     
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    Why sue? If Carnival has offered a full refund and free trip in the future, why do you or for that matter anyone think the passengers should line the pockets of lawyers? And we wonder why we pay so much for everything......
     
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    The passengers are already entitled to a refund, as they did not get what they paid for. An offer of a free cruise in future will not make most of them whole -- they may not wish to take another cruise, or they may not be able to reassemble the family they had with them, or they may not be able to get time off work.

    They had no toilets at first. They still have not hot water. They've been fed spam all this time. Is their suffering worth nothing to you?

    As for "driving up costs", what if no one sues and this company makes no effort to correct its safety procedures? What if this happens again and next time, someone dies?

    Tort law holds a common carrier to the highest possible standard, because you are essentially entrusting your well-being to them completely.

    I wonder, GWV5903, if you could explain to me a situation where you think it would be best to sue or should we just close all the courthouses and allow big corporations to mistreat us however they wish in a hope that "prices will not go up"?
     
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    Well, ya can't beat the view.

    I like the story about the couple who are spending their honeymoon bailing out the toilet LOL.
     

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