298 F.Supp. 353 (Jud.Pan.Mult.Lit. 1968), 8B, In re Air Crash Disaster at Greater Cincinnati Airport on November 20, 1967

Docket Nº:8B.
Citation:298 F.Supp. 353
Party Name:In re Multidistrict Civil Actions Involving the AIR CRASH DISASTER AT the GREATER CINCINNATI AIRPORT (CONSTANCE, KENTUCKY) ON NOVEMBER 20, 1967.
Case Date:October 21, 1968
Court:United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
 
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298 F.Supp. 353 (Jud.Pan.Mult.Lit. 1968)

In re Multidistrict Civil Actions Involving the AIR CRASH DISASTER AT the GREATER CINCINNATI AIRPORT (CONSTANCE, KENTUCKY) ON NOVEMBER 20, 1967.

No. 8B.

Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

Oct. 21, 1968

Before ALFRED P. MURRAH, Chairman, and JOHN MINOR WISDOM, EDWARD WEINFELD, EDWIN A. ROBSON, WILLIAM H. BECKER, JOSEPH S. LORD, III, and STANLEY A. WEIGEL, Judges of Panel.

OPINION AND ORDER

ALFRED P. MURRAH, Chairman.

This matter came on for consideration on August 8, 1968 pursuant to the Panel's order to show cause why the actions listed on the attached Schedule A should not be consolidated and transferred to a district or districts other than those in which they are now pending. This order was entered on the initiative of the Panel as authorized by 28 U.S.C. § 1407(c)(i).

When the show cause order was filed, there were fourteen actions pending in six different federal courts, clearly multidistrict litigation. 1 These actions all arose from the crash of TWA Flight 128 as it made its final approach to the Greater Cincinnati Airport on the evening of November 20, 1967. Seventy of the eighty-two persons on board were killed and the remaining twelve injured.

At the hearing on the order to show cause, Mr. James M. Jefferson, counsel of record for some of the plaintiffs, advised the Panel that he was authorized to state that all plaintiffs favored consolidation and transfer of all cases to the Eastern District of Kentucky. Although counsel for defendant Trans World Airlines objected to consolidation and transfer at this time, he agreed that if a transfer was to be made, those cases not presently pending in the Eastern District of Kentucky should be transferred to that district. Chief Judge Mac Swinford is willing and able to undertake and coordinate pretrial proceedings in these fourteen cases as well as in any others which

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may be filed in, or transferred to that court in the future. We agree that the Eastern District of Kentucky, the situs of the crash, is the most convenient forum as most, if not all of the witnesses, and much of the documentation are located within or convenient to that district.

Counsel for the airline urges that section 1407 action would be premature since additional actions may be filed in federal court by some or all of the 49 passengers on whose behalf no action has yet been...

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