Boeing's Move Might Cost Millions in Lawsuits, USA Today Says
Washington, May 16 (Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co.'s headquarters relocation to Cook County, Illinois, has enthused lawyers who handle jet-crash liability lawsuits because the county is one of the most generous legal jurisdictions in the U.S. for victims, USA Today reported.
Lawyers said that bringing a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court might add millions of dollars to each verdict and settlement because so-called working-class Democrats, often unsympathetic toward large companies, comprise much of the jury pool, USA Today reported.
``Any case in Cook County is worth more than it would be in most places on Earth,'' lawyer Arthur Wolk said, the newspaper reported. Cook County includes Chicago, where Boeing will shift its base from Seattle.
Lawyers said it is likely that almost every lawsuit stemming from crashes involving Boeing-made jets will be brought to Illinois, USA Today reported.
Boeing spokesman John Dern said the move to Illinois was a ``strategic business decision,'' and he doesn't think company executives considered the potential effects of litigation, the newspaper reported.
May/16/2001 7:19 ET
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