As an international aviation town, Miami has been a magnet for litigation spawned by air disasters abroad. The juries are sympathetic. And the awards are traditionally greater than in developing nations, where pay-outs are kept relatively small by weak economies and restrictive law.

In the aftermath of the 1996 crash of AeroPeru Flight 603 into the Pacific, lawyers for the victims’ families saw no reason to deviate from the trend. In U.S. District Court in Miami, they filed more than 50 wrongful death cases.

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