Boeing GC Booted Upstairs To Fight Crash Fallout

By on May 6, 2019

May 6, 2019

Boeing’s General Counsel J. Michael Luttig has been appointed counselor and senior adviser to Boeing Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg and the company’s board of directors. Brett Gerry, who has served as president of Boeing Japan since 2016, will succeed Luttig as general counsel. Luttig will manage all legal matters related to the Lion Air crash off Indonesia in October and the Ethiopian Airlines crash in that country in March, in which a total of 346 people were killed, according to a news release the company distributed when the promotion was announced. Other company statements indicate that Boeing plans to take an aggressive stance in respect to civil allegations and potential criminal accusations. It has raised the possibility that it might ask that the lawsuits be thrown out of courts in the U.S. and moved to more favorable  venues where the crashes occurred. Plaintiffs’ attorneys fear that would mean monetary damages lower than those typically awarded in U.S. courts. Boeing is under criminal investigation by the DOJ’s Fraud Section, which is looking into the design and certification process that led the Federal Aviation Administration to approve the airliners that crashed as safe. It is widely speculated that Boeing is represented by Kirland & Ellis in that matter. Boeing has been mum on anything related to the investigation.
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The Seattle Times

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