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Cruise lawsuits are in, but Carnival has advantage

MIAMI — Lawsuits have already been filed in connection with the disastrous Triumph cruise ship voyage, but the legal deck is stacked in Carnival Corp.’s favor, mainly because of the restrictive terms on tickets that govern who can sue, and where.

Carnival’s ship was disabled Feb. 10 by an engine fire, stranding thousands of passengers for days in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Cases involving the Triumph and other Carnival Cruise Lines ships must be filed in South Florida federal courts, near the company’s Miami headquarters.

But maritime law experts said Thursday that passengers could win if they can show the cruise line was negligent in letting the ship sail, despite past engine problems, and that their mental suffering was so severe they had to seek medical or psychological care.

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