Lawsuit seeks class action status against Carnival after nightmare cruise
People watch from their balconies and hold up signs aboard the Carnival Triumph after it was towed to the cruise terminal in Mobile, Ala., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. The ship with more than 4,200 passengers and crew members has been idled for nearly a week in the Gulf of Mexico following an engine room fire. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mike Brantley) / AP Photo/AL.com, Mike Brantley
MIAMI A couple is hoping to obtain class-action status for a lawsuit they've filed against Carnival Cruise Lines following an engine-room fire that stranded a ship for days in the Gulf of Mexico.
The suit filed Monday by Matt and Melissa Crusan of Oklahoma seeks to represent the more than 3,000 passengers who were on the Carnival Triumph when the fire broke out on Feb. 10.
Aboard the Carnival Triumph cruise ship
A judge must approve the motion to grant class-action status. Carnival requires all lawsuits to be filed in Miami, where the liner is based.
Texas resident Cassie Terry was the first to sue the company, filing a lawsuit less than 24 hours after the boat docked.
Maritime attorneys say it's difficult to win such cases unless the plaintiffs can show actual injury or illness.
Carnival has said it won't comment on Triumph lawsuits.
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