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Ethiopian relatives of crash victims mourn and grieve at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday killing all 157 on board, near Bishoftu, south-east of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia Thursday, March 14, 2019. The French air accident investigation authority said Thursday that it will handle the analysis of the black boxes retrieved from the crash site and they have already arrived in France but gave no time frame on how long the analysis could take. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene) Relatives of crash victims mourn at the scene in Ethiopia where an Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff in March 2019, killing all 157 people on board. (Photo: Mulugeta Ayene / AP)

Three lawyers with extensive experience in airline crash lawsuits will lead nearly 100 cases brought over the Ethiopian Airlines crash earlier this year that led The Boeing Co. to ground its 737 Max 8 aircraft.

At a hearing on Tuesday, Judge Jorge Alonso of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois said he would grant a plaintiffs’ motion to appoint Bob Clifford of Chicago’s Clifford Law Offices as lead counsel, according to Clifford. He also said he would approve two other lawyers, Steven Marks of Podhurst Orseck and Justin Green of Kreindler & Kreindler as co-leads of an executive committee.

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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