Ethiopian Airlines ET 302 | 2019 | Pending
On March 10, 2019, a brand new Boeing 737 MAX crashed because of defective equipment. Shortly thereafter, the Boeing 737 MAX was grounded worldwide. The equipment failure and circumstances of the Ethiopian Airlines crash are highly similar to the equipment failure and crash of Lion Air JT 610.
HLG is representing victim families in both disasters. Lawyers from the firm are in Ethiopia and are available for consultation.
Lion Air JT610 | 2019 | Pending
On March 6, 2019, HLG filed a lawsuit against The Boeing Company in the United States on behalf of the families of 17 victims of the deadly crash involving a Boeing 737 Max 8 shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia on October 29, 2018.
We represent the families of 26 victims. We will prove that Boeing not only provided defective equipment on a brand new 737 MAX 8, but intentionally concealed a new computer program from pilots to avoid expensive, but necessary training costs.
Ride The Ducks | 2015 | $9,000,000.00
On September 24, 2015, an amphibious vehicle, converted by Ride the Ducks International into a civilian “Duck Boat,” collided with a tour bus.
Ride the Ducks International was aware that the axel housings on Duck Boats such as this could be dangerously defective. Ride the Ducks International even published a warning to its own operators in the form of a service bulletin, but failed to inform its franchisee, Ride the Ducks Seattle. HLG represented three injured and one Decedent on the tour bus.
We won a settlement of $9 million.
Asiana Air OZ 214 | 2013 | Confidential
On July 6, 2013, Asiana Air OZ 214 crashed into a seaside bulkhead while landing at San Francisco International Airport..
A combination of an inadequately trained crew, defects in the design of the plane’s auto throttle, and malfunctioning evacuating slides resulted in the aircraft striking the seaside bulkhead.
HLG represented most of the cabin crew as well as many of the passengers. We won confidential compensation for these victims.
MI JOO TOUR BUS | 2012 | $14,819,389.00
In December of 2012, the grossly overworked driver of a Mi Joo Tour Bus lost control on snow and ice upon the roadway and plummeted off a cliff with 45 passengers. Nine people died and dozes were injured.
HLG led all plaintiff attorneys in reaching agreement with the defense to pay their maximum policy limits of $10 million and then submit the question of each victim’s damages to an arbitrator.
The total award for our clients was a pro rata share of the $10 million based upon total combined evaluations of $14,364,389.00.
TACA Airlines TA 390 | 2008 | $2,320,000.00 AND PENDING
In 2008, TACA Airlines flight TA 390 ran off the runway while attempting to land at the airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
HLG filed the first lawsuit in the USA on behalf of several of our Honduran clients. Five survivor cases filed in the USA have been settled for more than $2,300,000.00.
We are currently representing 28 other victims before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Central America.
NTPS Crash | 2003 | $4,000,000.00
In 2003, a Korean Air Force Major was selected to attend a highly specialized course at the National Test Pilot School near Rosamond, California. In his first training flight with an instructor, the plane crashed. Both pilots died.
The incident landed on the Korean Air Force Attaché’s desk at the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C. where he proceeded to conduct a meticulous survey of U.S. aviation firms. He made the final decision to refer the deceased Major’s widow to HLG.
We won $4 million for the Korean Major’s family.
Air China CA 129 | 2002 | $22,360,000.00
In 2002, Air China flight CA 129 from Beijing crashed into a mountain while attempting to land at Busan, Korea.
Of 97 victims, 86 chose HLG to represent them. The case was concluded before the Supreme Court of Korea and we won a judgment several times greater than the amount Korean courts have traditionally awarded for wrongful deaths and personal injuries.
Our total recovery was more than $22 Million.
Air China CI 611 | 2002 | $33,140,000.00
In 2002, Air China flight CI 611 disintegrated over the Strait of Taiwan during a flight from Taipei, Taiwan to Hong Kong, China. Everyone on board died.
Our investigation revealed that the plane came apart as a result of faulty repairs directed by Boeing, the company that built the plane. The Taiwanese came together to form a group and interview all the U.S. lawyers interested in representing them. All but a handful of the victims chose our HLG to represent them.
We won more than $33 million.
Korean Air KE 801 | 1997 | $95,871,244.79
In 1997, Korean Airlines flight KE 801 crashed into Nimitz Hill while trying to land at Agana, Guam in bad weather. Approximately half of the passengers survived the initial impact only to burn to death in the ensuing fire. There were a handful of survivors.
The victims came together to select a committee and chairman. They screened all the U.S. aviation firms until they selected 10 firms to make presentations. After the presentations, 56 families chose our firm. The second largest group was 14.
We won more than $95 million.
Arrow Air 1285 | 1985 | $650,000.00
In 1985, a charter flight of Arrow Air carrying 256 members of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division crashed shortly after takeoff at the airport in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. Everyone onboard died.
The parents of our only hometown trooper soldier on the plane us to represent them.
We won $650,000
Korean Air KAL 007 | 1983 |
In 1983, a Soviet MIG shot down Korean Air flight KAL 007 after it had wandered off course deep into Soviet territory during its flight from New York to Seoul, Korea. History records this incident as second closest the USA and the Soviet Union came to starting World War III, behind only the Cuban Missile crisis.
After interviewing numerous U.S. law firms, the families of 89 of the 102 Koreans who died in this disaster chose HLG to represent them. Charles Herrmann’s role in winning the case was portrayed in the HBO movie Tailspin and featured in the book Death of Flight 007.