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Families Sue Encino-Based Company of Singing Star Killed in Plane Crash

By Renee Nordstrand on January 22, 2013

Fans of singing star Jenni Rivera were shocked when they heard the news that the Lear Jet she and her entourage was traveling in plunged 28,000 feet to the ground in Mexico, killing all aboard. Now, the wrongful death attorneys at the Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand have learned that four families of members of the entourage killed in the tragic accident are suing Rivera’s Encino-based company and the owners of the jet.

The lawsuit claims that the owners of the Lear Jet 25, Starwood Management Group and Rodatz, “negligently and carelessly” leased a plane that was in a defective and dangerous condition. The suit claims that the jet that Rivera and her entourage had been traveling in had been damaged in a previous 2005 accident.

The attorney for the four families contends that the pilot of the chartered jet was not qualified to fly over 18,000 feet and that the co-pilot was not qualified to fly a Lear Jet 25 at all. The suit goes on to allege that neither of the pilots was permitted to fly passengers for hire. Both pilots died in the crash.

Rivera Enterprises, was also named in the lawsuit because it is believed that the company played a role in chartering the jet.

The attorney for the four families told the Daily News, “The plane literally fell out of the sky in a nose dive. This is intended to punish the actors for what occurred here.”

Rivera was an extremely popular banda singer in Mexico and the United States. She had sold more than 15 million albums before her death. Members of the Rivera family have not commented on the lawsuit.

If you believe you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party or parties, you have a legal right to file a wrongful death suit. These kinds of suits can be complicated, so having an experienced law firm like the The Law Office of Renée J. Nordstrand in your corner is a wise move when you are seeking fair and full compensation for your family.

If you believe you have a case, call our office in Encino at (818) 981-3530 or contact us online to discuss your legal options.

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