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Costa Concordia company offers passengers compensation

The Italian company that owns the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia has offered passengers 11,000 euros (£9,000; $14,000) each in compensation.

The deal comes after negotiations between the company, Costa Cruises, and several Italian consumer groups. The company also promised to refund medical and transport expenses, as well as the cost of the cruise. One consumer group, Codacons, has urged passengers not to accept the offer, Reuters news agency reports.

Codacons and two US law firms are filing a class-action lawsuit in the US suit against Costa Cruises, demanding at least $160,000 (£105,000) for each passenger on the ship. Costa Cruises is owned by the US-based Carnival Group.

Mitchell Proner, a lawyer with one of the firms filing the lawsuit, told the BBC last week that it was being brought on behalf of 110 claimants. A crew member from the Costa Concordia has also brought a lawsuit against Costa Cruises in the US state of Illinois, Reuters reports. In court documents, Gary Lobaton says he was not aware of the “dangerous conditions” the ship was in until it was too late to abandon ship.

Read the full story on BBC News

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Last updated December 4, 2016 at 1:52 AM
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