Residents of California and Mexico may have been following the developments in the Jenni Rivera lawsuit. Truth be told, the case has captured media attention around the world for almost a year. Rivera seemed to perish just as her career was in full bloom. She had conquered music and was taking on acting. Rivera and six other passengers were killed on a private jet last year, leading to the filing of a wrongful death claim.
Rivera and her passengers were traveling on a Bombardier Learjet in northern Mexico. After the suit was filed, the plane's operators filed a motion to have the case heard in Mexico. A judge dismissed that motion recently, so the case will be heard in California instead, as was originally planned.
The lawsuit was filed by the surviving family members of the passengers who were killed in the plane crash. The defendants wanted the case heard in Mexico because the accident occurred there. The plaintiffs, however, argued that, since the jet was registered in the United States and the National Transportation Safety Board was examining the wreckage, the case should be heard in the United States.
Victims and surviving family members in California have the right to file a wrongful death claim against those who have purposefully harmed loved ones, or against those who have caused harm through their negligent actions. While filing for and successfully litigating a claim certainly will not lessen the grief, it might ease the financial stress and strain of the situation. Financial restitution can help cover final expenses and medical bills. It can also give the family a sense of closure.
Source: Variety, Jenni Rivera Wrongful Death Lawsuit To Be Heard In California, No author, Nov. 18, 2013