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In re Air Crash near Clarence Ctr.

United States District Court, W.D. New York

November 19, 2013

IN RE: AIR CRASH NEAR CLARENCE CENTER, NEW YORK, ON FEBRUARY 12, 2009

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For James L. Neill, Administrator of the Estate of Jennifer E. Neill, Deceased, Carrie C. Davidson, as Administrator of the Estate of Linda L. Davidson, Deceased, Carrie C. Davidson, as Administrator of the Estate of Ronald D., Davidson, Deceased, Kara Beutel, Administrator of the Estate of Clarence A., Beutel, III, Deceased, Plaintiffs (1:09-md-02085-WMS): Anthony J. Colucci, III, Michael J. Keane, Paul G. Joyce, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Colucci & Gallaher, P.C., Buffalo, NY; Colin H. Dunn, Kevin P. Durkin, Michael S. Krzak, Robert A. Clifford, LEAD ATTORNEYS, PRO HAC VICES, Clifford Law Offices, P.C., Chicago, IL.

For Robert R. Perry, Administrator of the Estate of Johnathan R. Perry, Deceased, Plaintiff (1:09-md-02085-WMS): Brian P. Crosby, Charles S. Desmond, II, LEAD ATTORNEY, Gibson, McAskill & Crosby, LLP, Buffalo, NY; Colin H. Dunn, Kevin P. Durkin, Michael S. Krzak, Robert A. Clifford, LEAD ATTORNEYS, PRO HAC VICES, Clifford Law Offices, P.C., Chicago, IL.

For Ping Wang, Individually and as the Executrix of the Estate of Zhaofang Guo, Deceased, and Mother and Natural Guardian of Decedent's Surviving Infant Son, Kevin Qiyang Guo, Plaintiff (1:09-md-02085-WMS): Amy C. Martoche, Terrence M. Connors, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Connors & Vilardo, LLP, Buffalo, NY; Christina M. Fry, Jeanne M. O'Grady, Kenneth P. Nolan, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Speiser, Krause, Nolan & Granito, New York, NY.

For Xiaojun Pan, as Administrator ad prosequendum of the Estate of Shibin Yao, deceased, Plaintiff (1:09-md-02085-WMS): Jonathan C. Reiter, LEAD ATTORNEY, New York, NY; Meryl Iris Schwartz, Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter, New York, NY.

For Andy Harel, Individually and as Executor of the Estate of Ruth Vivian Harel, deceased, and on behalf of all heirs and next-of-kin of Ruth Vivian Harel, Plaintiff (1:09-md-02085-WMS): Daniel O. Rose, James P. Kreindler, Justin T. Green, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, New York, NY.

For John M. Loftus, Individually and as Co-Administrators of the Estate of Madeline L. Loftus, Deceased and on behalf of all heirs and next of kin of Madeline L. Loftus, Deceased, Anna Marie Russo, Individually and as Co-Administrators of the Estate of Madeline L. Loftus, Deceased and on behalf of all heirs and next of kin of Madeline L. Loftus, Deceased, Plaintiffs (1:09-md-02085-WMS): Daniel O. Rose, Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, New York, NY.

For Continental Airlines, Inc., Defendant(1:09-md-02085-WMS): Oliver K. Beiersdorf, LEAD ATTORNEY, Reed Smith LLP, New York, NY; Patrick Eugene Bradley, LEAD ATTORNEY, Reed Smith LLP, Princeton Forrestal Village, Princeton, NJ; Terrance P. Flynn, LEAD ATTORNEY, Harris Beach LLP, Larkin at Exchange, Buffalo, NY.

For Pinnacle Airlines Corp., Colgan Air, Inc., Defendants (1:09-md-02085-WMS): David J. Harrington, Jonathan E. DeMay, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Condon & Forsyth LLP, New York, NY; Neil A. Goldberg, LEAD ATTORNEY, Goldberg Segalla LLP, Buffalo, NY.

For Bombardier, Inc., Bombardier Aerospace Corp., Defendants (1:09-md-02085-WMS): L. Richard Musat, LEAD ATTORNEY, Treece Alfrey Musat PC, Denver, CO; Michael A. Brady, Thomas V. Hagerty, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Hagerty & Brady, Buffalo, NY.

For Air Transport Association of America, Inc., d/b/a Airlines for America, Amicus (1:09-md-02085-WMS): Mark E. McGrath, LEAD ATTORNEY, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, New York, NY.

For Xiaojun Pan, as Administrator ad prosequendum of the Estate of Shibin Yao, deceased, Plaintiff (1:09-cv-00961-WMS): Jonathan C. Reiter, LEAD ATTORNEY, New York, NY; Meryl Iris Schwartz, Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter, New York, NY.

For Colgan Air, Inc., Pinnacle Airlines Corp., Defendants (1:09-cv-00961-WMS): David J. Harrington, Jonathan E. DeMay, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Condon & Forsyth LLP, New York, NY; Neil A. Goldberg, Goldberg Segalla LLP, Buffalo, NY.

For Continental Airlines, Inc., Defendant (1:09-cv-00961-WMS): Oliver K. Beiersdorf, LEAD ATTORNEY, Reed Smith LLP, New York, NY; Terrance P. Flynn, LEAD ATTORNEY, Harris Beach LLP, Larkin at Exchange, Buffalo, NY.

For Air Transport Association of America, Inc., d/b/a Airlines for America, Amicus (1:09-cv-00961-WMS): Mark E. McGrath, LEAD ATTORNEY, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, New York, NY.

OPINION

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DECISION AND ORDER

WILLIAM M. SKRETNY, Chief United States District Judge.

I. INTRODUCTION

On February 12, 2009, while on final approach to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Continental Connection Flight 3407 crashed into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y., killing all 45 passengers, the four-person crew, and one person in the house. By order entered October 6, 2009, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation transferred all then-pending actions concerning the crash of Flight 3407 to this Court for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1407. In Re Air Crash Near ...


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