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Airline crash in Taiwan claimed lives of plaintiffs’ parents

Verdict: $15,000,000

Case: Sidney Wu and Christina Wu, individually and as representatives of the Estates of Ching Ying Wu and Richard Tzuen Ren Wu v. Singapore Airlines, Inc.

Case Number: CV-01-1752 (WDK)

Court: United States District Court for the Central District of California

Judge: William D. Keller

Date: 5/7/04

Plaintiff Attorneys: Brian J. Panish, Kevin R. Boyle

Defense Attorneys: Frank A. Silane

Facts & Allegations: On October 31, 2000, plaintiffs’ decedents Richard Wu, 58, an executive vice-president, and his wife, Ching Ying Wu, 56, an executive president , were passengers on Singapore Airlines flight number 006 that was leaving Chiang Kai-Shek Airport in Taiwan for Los Angeles.

As the Boeing 747-400 attempted to take off on a closed runway during Typhoon Xangsane, the plane crashed into some construction equipment and the fuselage broke into three sections. Of the 179 people on board the plane (passengers and crew), 82 were killed, including the Wus.

The Wus’ two adult children, Sidney, 32, and Christina, 27, sued Singapore Airlines Inc., alleging negligence and wrongful death.

Singapore Airlines stipulated not to contest liability.

Injuries/Damages: death

The Wus claimed noneconomic damages for the wrongful death of their parents. Singapore Airlines suggested that the jury should award each plaintiff $1 million.

Result: The jury found for the Wus and awarded them $15 million in noneconomic damages. Each plaintiff was awarded $3.75 million for the loss of their father and another $3.75 million for the loss of their mother.

Christina Wu: $7,500,000 noneconomic damages

Sidney Wu: $7,500,000 noneconomic damages

Demand: $6,000,000

Offer: $4,000,000

Trial Details: Trial length: 3 days, Jury Deliberations: 1.5 days, Jury poll: 7-0.

Expert(s): None reported.

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