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US ratifies Montreal Convention.(rules governing the liability of airlines to passengers for deaths or injuries resulting from accidents that occur on international flights)(Brief Article)

The US in early Sept. ratified the 1999 Montreal Convention overhauling the rules governing the liability of airlines to passengers for deaths or injuries resulting from accidents that occur on international flights. The US became the 30th nation to ratify the agreement--the number required to bring it into force--which means the Convention takes effect next month for all ICAO member states that have ratified it.

The treaty, where applicable, "will completely eliminate the Warsaw Convention's limits on airlines' liability, for death or injury to international passengers; allow lawsuits in cases of passenger deaths or injuries to be brought in the country of the passenger's principal and permanent residence; and provide for liability regardless of the carrier's fault up to approximately $139,000, with no limit on recoveries above that amount for proven damages," the US Dept. …

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