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April 29, 2013

Carnival seeks dismissal of Triumph lawsuits

— MIAMI (AP) — Carnival Corp. is seeking the dismissal of lawsuits filed by passengers who endured days of difficult conditions aboard a disabled cruise ship.

The biggest is a potential class action seeking to represent about 3,000 passengers of Carnival's Triumph. Carnival said in a motion filed last week in Miami federal court that its cruise tickets clearly state passengers cannot file class actions.

Passengers' lawyers argue Carnival was negligent in letting the Triumph sail with its history of past mechanical problems and so the suits should be allowed.

The Triumph was disabled by an engine fire Feb. 10 that stranded thousands of passengers onboard for days in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship was ultimately towed to Mobile for repairs.

Carnival also seeks dismissal of two other lawsuits filed by individual passengers.

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