Cases & Deals

Parker Hannifin resolves multidistrict wrongful death litigation related to commercial airliner crash near Nantucket Island

Client(s) Parker Hannifin Corporation

Jones Day represented Parker Hannifin Corporation in multidistrict wrongful death litigation filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The lawsuits were filed by family members of Canadian and Egyptian passengers who perished when Egypt Air Flight 990, a Boeing 767 aircraft bound for Cairo, crashed off the coast of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts on October 31, 1999. Plaintiffs generally alleged that defendants were liable for strict product liability, negligence, and breach of warranty arising from the performance of certain power control actuators and related components on the commercial airliner during flight. Plaintiffs sought compensatory and punitive damages against the aircraft manufacturer, Parker Hannifin, and other defendants. The manufacturer defendants denied plaintiffs' allegations.

Almost all of the claims or potential claims arising from this air disaster were settled. The district court granted motions to dismiss certain unresolved claims and entered final judgment in May 2011. Plaintiffs in those cases appealed that ruling to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The appeal was then dismissed, and counsel for the defendants have worked jointly to resolve the potential remaining claims.

In re Air Crash Off the Coast of Nantucket Island, Mass., on October 31, 1999, 1:00-md-01344-BMC-RML (E.D.N.Y.)