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It’s sad what happened to Kobe, but I’m pretty sure his primary pilot said it was unsafe to fly.  It’s hard to then sue when you know it’s not safe to fly.  Just my opinion.

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I just don't want to find out that the pilot said it was unsafe, but Kobe pressured him into doing it anyways. 

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Who is the pilot and who is responsible for passengers safety? The pilot knew the conditions were unsafe to fly. That should have been the overriding factor regardless of what the client wants or pressures. After all the pilot is the expert.

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1 hour ago, bsubroncochick said:

Didn’t the pilot die in the crash? So who is she suing? His family? I hope not.

I believe she is suing the helicopter company because of the pilots negligence.  Not the actual pilot or his family.  

Edit.  Guess I was wrong.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/thr-esq/vanessa-bryant-sues-helicopter-operator-wrongful-death-crash-killed-kobe-1280770

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1 hour ago, Wyobraska said:

I believe she is suing the helicopter company because of the pilots negligence.  Not the actual pilot or his family.  

I think she is suing the pilot’s estate.

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2 hours ago, Wyobraska said:

I believe she is suing the helicopter company because of the pilots negligence.  Not the actual pilot or his family.  

Edit.  Guess I was wrong.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/thr-esq/vanessa-bryant-sues-helicopter-operator-wrongful-death-crash-killed-kobe-1280770

I hope she wins against the company but I also hope the case against the family of the pilot gets tossed.  There’s no reason for her to financially ruin that family over this.  

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Just now, mugtang said:

I hope she wins against the company but I also hope the case against the family of the pilot gets tossed.  There’s no reason for her to financially ruin that family over this.  

I wonder if you bring a suit to bring out any evidence from those named in the suit and then narrow the actual suit to the company after the facts are out.

Resident lawyers could tell me if I am wrong here.

 

I have seen some folks bashing Vanessa as trying to cash in on the demise, and I don't think it is a just reaction.  If there is a fault, is it not fair to do this?  Maybe it is an insurance thing, or perhaps the suit will aid in any suit that could have been brought on the Bryant estate.  I seriously doubt Vanessa is looking to profit off her daughter and husband's death so callously.  But I like to give the benefit of the doubt that not every human is terrible.

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4 minutes ago, East Coast Aztec said:

I wonder if you bring a suit to bring out any evidence from those named in the suit and then narrow the actual suit to the company after the facts are out.

Resident lawyers could tell me if I am wrong here.

 

I have seen some folks bashing Vanessa as trying to cash in on the demise, and I don't think it is a just reaction.  If there is a fault, is it not fair to do this?  Maybe it is an insurance thing, or perhaps the suit will aid in any suit that could have been brought on the Bryant estate.  I seriously doubt Vanessa is looking to profit off her daughter and husband's death so callously.  But I like to give the benefit of the doubt that not every human is terrible.

You may be right and I hope so.  I just hope she’s not going after the family for money, even life insurance money on the pilot.  

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I wonder what the motivation is to sue when Kobe likely left multi millions to his family. It could be she is so distraught she wants somebody to pay for the loss of her husband and daughter even though it won’t bring them back. 

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FAA hasn’t even released their final report. Given that, I’m not sure why she would file a suit now. Second I don’t believe she is after the pilots estate. 

 

Third, If I’m the opposing lawyer, I’d file a change of venue, someplace out of socal. There’s just no way there would be fair proceedings around here. 

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True, the pilot is responsible for the safety of its passengers, but there’s always an implied increase in risk when flying in bad conditions even if doing everything by the book. It’s also Kobe’s job to protect his family and friends, and if there’s too much risk and he knew other choppers were grounded, he never should have let that thing take off with anyone in it. If he were to smell alcohol on a pilot, it would be his duty to ground the chopper due to the risk of an impaired pilot. The weather can also impair a pilot. 

So my question is, how could Kobe be OK with a pilot flying 186 mph in those conditions?  He’s a smart guy and knew the danger/risk they were in flying at that speed. They had no time to correct their path because of their speed. Had the pilot realized they were too low, surely the radar system would’ve sounded the danger and at a slower spee, it could’ve been corrected. I hope she’s after answers and lessons to be learned from this terrible loss, not money. How much money do you need? His net worth is $600 million, and he will continue to bring in 8 digit money indefinitely. The pilot paid the ultimate price for his mistake, and his family didn’t do anything wrong and have had to deal with their loss. Now get slammed with a financial loss? That’s BS. 

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8 hours ago, East Coast Aztec said:

I wonder if you bring a suit to bring out any evidence from those named in the suit and then narrow the actual suit to the company after the facts are out.

Resident lawyers could tell me if I am wrong here.

 

I have seen some folks bashing Vanessa as trying to cash in on the demise, and I don't think it is a just reaction.  If there is a fault, is it not fair to do this?  Maybe it is an insurance thing, or perhaps the suit will aid in any suit that could have been brought on the Bryant estate.  I seriously doubt Vanessa is looking to profit off her daughter and husband's death so callously.  But I like to give the benefit of the doubt that not every human is terrible.

No, you would generally keep both parties in the suit absent settlement; although the aim would be to collect from the employer's insurance carrier.  The allegations appear to be that the pilot was negligent in his actions and thus his potential liability.  The employer would then presumably be liable under a doctrine called 'respondeat superior' which finds an employer vicariously liable for the acts of the agent committed within the scope of the employment.  Additionally - it is possible (if not likely) that the pilot had an employment agreement with the company providing that the company would indemnify him against any claims arising out of the scope of his employment (meaning that the company agrees to cover the liability of the pilot including attorneys' fees incurred).

 

Note: California law could have its own unique nuances.

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5 hours ago, Rosegreen said:

FAA hasn’t even released their final report. Given that, I’m not sure why she would file a suit now. Second I don’t believe she is after the pilots estate. 

 

Third, If I’m the opposing lawyer, I’d file a change of venue, someplace out of socal. There’s just no way there would be fair proceedings around here. 

She is forced to file suit now because the pilot's estate is likely being administered.  If a claim against the estate is not made within a certain relatively short time frame, the claims are forever barred.

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11 hours ago, bsubroncochick said:

Didn’t the pilot die in the crash? So who is she suing? His family? I hope not.

The estate of the deceased pilot.  The pilot's estate could have a very valuable asset, notably, an indemnification right against his former employer.

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11 hours ago, mugtang said:

I hope she wins against the company but I also hope the case against the family of the pilot gets tossed.  There’s no reason for her to financially ruin that family over this.  

You presume the company was negligent. Why?

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