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MH370: Forty-Five day rule can now allow lawyers to step in

Lawyers Approach Families Of Missing MH370 Passengers
An object here, a signal here, some might call these leads. But the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has turned up nothing. And after a month and a half, relatives of those passengers are still waiting for answers.

Nearly two months after Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished, there's still no sign of it and no answers as to how or why it disappeared. The hunt for the plane and the black boxes continues.

The fear ... losing hope. Families of the passengers are upset that Malaysian authorities are offering to issue death certificates and final payouts without any proof of what's happened.

According to The Malaysian Insider, "The inconsistent data and information fed to the families had caused a lot of confusion and anger. This is why it is hard for them to believe the information and data presented to them even though it is the truth."

One of the family members hopefully told CBC, "We couldn't find it in the sea, we couldn't find it on land, it's only logical that they're alive."

But now that those death certificates will be issued, The Independent says it, "... could pave the way for potential lawsuits against the airline."

According to ABC, American lawyers are already looking to profit.

"They told me that a lawyer came to him and said, 'You can get a million dollars if the plane was confirmed as crashed. And you have to let us do it... Sign something so we can do it for you.'"

Some law firms like The Lambert Firm argue, families facing heartbreak and grieving, shouldn't have to face the hardships of excessive damages and a complicated legal field on their own.

On the other hand, The Christian Science Monitor reports relatives aren't ready to think about these options. "... what we want is not money but our relatives back. They haven't found the plane yet. Without the truth and a real conclusion, how can we start a lawsuit?"

But authorities have no idea where flight 370 disappeared. Malaysian Airlines has promised support for the families of the passengers on board.

"It has been an extremely difficult and trying period for the families ... We remain committed to provide families with verified information when it becomes available."

But CNN reports authorities have essentially dropped the ball when it comes to communication.

On Monday, relatives sat in a conference room in Kuala Lumpur, waiting for a briefing from Malaysian technical experts. But turns out, there would be no meeting. Emotions boiled over, with relatives yelling, sobbing, and even cursing.

"We don't know at this point whether they're alive or dead. You haven't given us any direct proof wherever they are. We want our loved ones back."

The search for wreckage continues, but as of Tuesday a tropical cyclone grounded planes that were expected to fly across the Indian Ocean.

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pwanless April 22 2014 at 8:48 PM

They've been hovering like vultures ever since Day 1, and are now ready to swoop in.

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palmejn pwanless April 22 2014 at 9:07 PM

Hope you are reffering to the TV and media lawyers

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hahudz April 22 2014 at 2:09 PM

so where are the details regarding the (teaser) headlne that these suits can be tried in US courts ?

Oh yeah, HF doesn't always follow-up with details on their headlines. But US courts ? Gotta' be kidding. Crowd our crowded courts more with foreign citizens, a foreign plane, a non US citizen pilot, a plane that hasn't been found on land or sea. Some scumbag lawyer will try to sue the American plane manufacturer saying it was Boeing's (?) fault............tell me how that would be so.............only in the lawyer's dollar dreams I think.

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garykuz hahudz April 22 2014 at 3:02 PM

This way they can also sue Boeing for the aircraft loss. Thus making more money for themselves not the people's families that were lost.

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jjemder April 22 2014 at 1:57 PM

Now we know why sharks don't eat lawyers; professional courtesy.

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hahudz jjemder April 22 2014 at 2:04 PM

well, they're so unsavory, even sharks will spit them out.

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brothermac1 April 22 2014 at 7:49 PM

Isn't this sickening? If ever you want to see slime and lack of integrity, look no further than the office of an ambulance-chasing lawyer. There are good, reputable,responsible lawyers out there; unfortunately, not a high enough percentage of the legal "profession" fall into this category. Too many of them are money-grubbing sharks like the ones described in this article. Disgusting!

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Dick April 22 2014 at 4:43 PM

Well the blood ******* lawyers have been lining up for this one since 5 min. after the plane disappeared. It is disgusting that they would lap up the $$$ over the dead bodies of the people killed in this incident!!!!

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Living Legend Dick April 22 2014 at 5:02 PM

That's why they call them Sharks and Bottom Feeders.

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marcelni7 Dick April 22 2014 at 5:53 PM

What dead bodies are you talking about? There is none found yet.

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jano April 22 2014 at 1:21 PM

is this concerning only US attorney's ?

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Welcome Don April 22 2014 at 1:13 PM

line up scum bags , sickum

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grayintruder April 22 2014 at 1:09 PM

Come on guys, they're lawyers ! They look for any opportunity to muddle things up and make a
buck. Look at our politicians. Ninety percent of them are lawyers. Is it any wonder our national
views and laws are so screwed up ? Not rocket science.....

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Tom April 22 2014 at 1:05 PM

The law suits are the real reason the families are angry about the delays. They say they are not after the money. I believe them. Don't you?

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eggbertgreg Tom April 22 2014 at 1:41 PM

Tom I totally agree.

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Iris April 22 2014 at 1:04 PM

Find the plane first and then let those greedy buggers at them.
These ambulance chassers are worse that the loss sometimes'
God have mercy on the families and what they must go through..

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