First of all, its not the passengers who are trying to get every penny out AA (they're all dead). It's their families. I'm sure the families of those killed on Flight 587 couldn't care less whether or not AA goes bankrupt.
Secondly, the fact that some American Airlines pilots are saying that the A300 is unsafe to fly and calling for the planes to be grounded isn't helping AA's case any.
Pilots: Some of American Airlines' aircraft unsafe to fly
Lawsuit options more conventional in crash
Note the part that says:
Because Flight 587 was international, passengers' claims will be filed through the Warsaw Convention, an international treaty.
Rules that had limited international passengers to $75,000 in damages have been lifted, Dallas aviation lawyer Kent Krause said. But the treaty still limits survivors to actual damages, such as lost wages. Other kinds of damages - for loss of loved ones, mental anguish or negligence - are prohibited, Krause said.
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