Confidential Recovery for Families of 46 Workers Killed in Chinook Helicopter Crash off the Coast of Scotland
When a Chinook helicopter went down off the coast of Scotland, all 46 oil riggers on board perished. Because of severely low limits for wrongful death damages under Scottish law, the families retained Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer to investigate their potential claims under U.S. law. Detailed investigation of the crash revealed a defect in the helicopter, which had been manufactured by Delaware Valley based Boeing-Vertol which allowed suit to be filed in Philadelphia. When the Raynes team won the years-long battle over which country’s law would apply, and where the cases would be heard, the case settled in the tens of millions of dollars.
A talented young doctor flying home to New York after her wedding was killed in the collapse of Terminal 2E of the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France.
Her widower, living in New York, believed he should not have to cross the Atlantic to vindicate his wife’s memory, and sought relief in American Courts. Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer’s lawyers coordinated a sophisticated legal strategy under the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act and the Warsaw Convention, demonstrating that the defendants generated substantial revenues from business activities in the Unites States. Arthur Raynes and Marty Brigham produced a compelling settlement video, contrasting the joy and hope of the wedding with the despair and pain caused by this tragic death. Faced with the likelihood that American courts would sustain jurisdiction, the defendants settled the case through court ordered mediation.
While vacationing with his family in Santorini, Greece – one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world – a Massachusetts financial planner was killed when he was swept by a landslide from a cobblestone path leading from the water’s edge up to the cliffs formed by the volcanic eruption that created the island. The travel agency that arranged the trip is based in Pennsylvania and the family was referred to Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer. As we would learn in the course of a year-long investigation, the location where the accident occurred presented the highest landslide risk in the Santorini island complex. Only a year before the accident, a major landslide – prompting news coverage on Greek national television – occurred at precisely the same location where our client would later be killed. Industry practice required the travel agency to keep abreast of safety conditions and warn their customers. Overcoming a defense that the accident was an Act of God that could not have been anticipated, Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer achieved a confidential multi-million dollar settlement that secured the family’s financial future.
An international pharmaceutical company distributed a blood factor concentrate that was contaminated with the HIV virus to hemophiliacs in Spain. Because of our success in the thalidomide cases, Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer was retained to represent all infected Spaniards. After assembling a team of top Spanish legal and medical experts, Stephen Raynes and Arthur Raynes were able to compel a substantial settlement.