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Estonia Damage Case May be Dismissed

Published fredag 30 september 2005 kl 11.28
The M/S Estonia sank 10 years ago claiming 852 lives

This week marks the 11th anniversary of the sinking of the ferry Estonia, and there’s concern the suit for damages brought by survivors and relatives of the victims may be about to be dismissed.

Around 1000 survivors and relatives of victims have sued several companies and institutions they say were responsible for the disaster, including the German Meyer shipyards, the ship certifiers Buearu Veritas in France, and the Swedish Maritime Administration.

But Swedish Radio News reports that because of a split among the relatives and survivors, the insurance companies who were paying for the entire legal process are now only covering the costs of their own clients. That has meant the lawyer has only been partially paid, and the judge is now threatening to throw out the case since the lawyer has not been in court and has not filed requested documents.

Some of the relatives are now trying to replace the lawyer in an effort to keep the suit in court.

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