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(Reuters) — A Florida couple who were passengers on the Grand Princess ocean liner linked to the coronavirus outbreak have sued the ship's owner for more than $1 million for putting the couple's health at risk, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday.
Ronald and Eva Weissberger of Broward County, Florida, sued Princess Cruise Lines Ltd., a unit of Carnival Corp., alleging the company has caused them emotional distress and trauma as they fear they will develop the COVID-19 disease.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
The Grand Princess docked in Oakland, California, on Monday so its 2,400 passengers could disembark and be taken to quarantine. The ship has been linked to 12 coronavirus cases from an earlier voyage to Mexico.
Carnival did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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New Zealand-based tour company White Island Tours Ltd., which is already facing a fine of up to 750,000 pounds ($982,966) for organizing the tragic White Island volcano trip, could have to pay millions of pounds in damages to victims, The Sun reported citing Stuff.co.nz. Furthermore, cruise company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which took the tourists on the trip, could also be held liable and face claims worth tens of millions of pounds.