# Jamie Lebovitz’s Legal Cases

13 total

• ## Jane Doe vs. John Doe

Practice Area:
Aviation
Outcome:
$7,045,000 Description: Plaintiff was a passenger in a Beechcraft Baron which crashed on takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport into Lake Erie on November 19, 1995. The plaintiff sustained multiple compound fractures to left leg, right leg, spine, facial fractures, and other injuries. Verdict included$1,015,000 to plaintiff's wife for loss of consortium.
• ## Jane Doe vs. John Doe

Practice Area:
Aviation
Outcome:
$1,400,000 Description: On January 17, 2004, eight Canadian passengers and one passenger from the United States boarded a Cessna 208B Caravan aircraft operated by a Canadian carrier. The flight was scheduled to depart from Pelee Island, located on the Canadian side of Lake Erie, for a 20-minute flight to Windsor, Ontario. Shortly after takeoff, the aircraft departed from controlled flight and plunged into the frozen waters of Lake Erie. All passengers and the pilot were killed. Nurenberg Paris represented the family of Jamie Levine, the only passenger who was a United States citizen and who resided in southern California. The Cessna 208B Caravan passenger airplane has a long history of fatal crashes associated with design flaws in the aircraft's wings. The Cessna Caravan wing is susceptible to aerodynamic stalling (that is, loss of lift capability) whenever there are trace amounts of ice on the wing surface. Although the Caravan is equipped with in-flight de-icing equipment, the lack of de-icing protection in the area aft of the wing's leading edge allows for the accumulation of ice in unprotected areas which the pilot cannot detect or remove once the plane is aloft. Due to this design flaw, it is critical that a thorough pre-flight inspection be conducted of the entire wing surface area and that all snow, ice, or frost be removed with de-icing fluid prior to takeoff. In this case, however, the investigation revealed that the pre-flight ice inspection was not properly carried out and the operator of the Caravan did not furnish any de-icing fluids. Ms. Levine, who was 28 years old at the time of the crash, was survived by her parents and brother. In the wake of this tragedy, a number of safety issues were identified and are expected to be addressed to prevent the recurrence of similar calamities. Among those safety actions taken are: the operator of the aircraft has installed de-icing equipment on Pelee Island; all flights will be operated with a second crew member to assist the pilot on flight duties; the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) requiring all airlines and operators of Cessna 208B Caravan aircraft to ensure that, prior to takeoff, pilots and flight crew use de-icing fluid to remove all traces of snow, ice, and frost from the aircraft wings and that they conduct visual and tactical examinations to determine whether any snow, ice, or frost contamination remains on the wings. Further, in the event of in-flight icing conditions pilots are cautioned to timely utilize de-icing equipment and to exit the icing environment as soon as practicable. • ## Jane Doe vs. John Doe Practice Area: Wrongful Death Outcome:$1,500,000
Description:
Wrongful death of a single, 44-year-old woman survived by her sister. Decedent was a passenger on board TWA Flight 800 which exploded shortly after takeoff from JFK airport in New York. The flight was destined for Charles DeGalle International Airport in Paris, France. The crash was the result of a defect in the design of the center fuel tank and its electrical systems.
• ## Jane Doe vs. John Doe

Practice Area:
Aviation
Outcome:
$300,000,000 Description: On January 31, 2000, at approximately 4:21 p.m. Pacific Time, a Boeing MD-83 aircraft (originally manufactured by McDonnell Douglas) operating as Alaska Airlines flight 261 crashed into the Pacific Ocean just outside of Los Angeles, California, killing all 83 passengers and five crew members. The aircraft was flying from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to San Francisco, California, with a final destination of Seattle, Washington. • ## Jane Doe vs. John Doe Practice Area: Aviation Outcome:$4,500,000
Description:
Plaintiff was a passenger on board Valuejet Flight 592 on May 11, 1998, when it crashed into the Florida, Everglades. This McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 took off from Miami, Florida, destined for Atlanta, Georgia. Shortly after takeoff, the flight crew reported smoke in the cabin and cockpit. Apparently, on the morning of May 11, 1996, ValueJet was loaded with many oxygen generators in the plane's forward cargo hold. The generators had been maintained by SabreTech, Inc., which failed to install shipping caps over the percussion caps to prevent accidental initiation of the chemicals. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the conduct of ValueJet, SabreTech, and the Federal Aviation Administration all contributed to this tragedy. Decedent was survived by a husband and two minor children.
• ## Jane Doe vs. John Doe

Practice Area:
Wrongful Death
Outcome:
$3,000,000 Description: Decedent was a passenger on USAir Flight 427, which crashed on approach to Pittsburgh International Airport on September 8, 1994. The cause of the crash remains undetermined. However, it is believed that the aircraft which was on final approach to Pittsburgh International Airport departed from controlled flight as a result of an uncommanded rudder deflection precipitated by design defect within the rudder power control unit. Decedent is survived by parents, brother, and sister. • ## Beck vs. Alaska Air Group Practice Area: Aviation Date: May 24, 2002 Outcome: (not available) Description: (not available) • ## Dowe vs. Amtrak Practice Area: Aviation Outcome: (not available) Description: (not available) • ## Garber vs. Provident Life & Accident Insurance Practice Area: Aviation Date: Jan 01, 1999 Outcome: (not available) Description: (not available) • ## Mooney M20R Plane Crash Practice Area: Aviation Date: Jan 01, 2003 Outcome:$15 Million Settlement
Description:
Mooney M20R aircraft crashes about a mile short of the runway, killing the pilot.