Airline wants families barred from MH17 lawsuit [news.yahoo.com]

29th November, 2016

LHD lawyers representing victims of MH17 have presented a case in the Federal Court of Australia arguing that overseas victims can join a class action based in Australia. A decision is expected imminently.

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FBI interviews with flight instructors show Andreas Lubitz failed critical tests [news.com.au]

September 1st, 2016

The Victorian man has been grieving the loss of his wife Carol and his son Greig since the pair were tragically lost along with 144 passengers and six crew aboard a commercial plane last year.

David Friday with his daughter, Alex

Malaysia Airlines MH17 class action filed ahead of Sunday's anniversary deadline [smh.com.au]

August 4th, 2016

Any family members of all passengers and crew members on board Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, either in Australia or internationally, can be included in a class action submitted by LHD in the Federal Court of Australia.

Cassandra Gibson

Tweaking of fishing reforms fails to quieten outraged NSW fishers [abc.net.au]

July 27th, 2016

Commercial fishers in NSW, who have engaged LHD lawyers, gathered at Coffs Harbour, recently, to voice their concerns about new licencing requirements that create uncertainty debt burdens for smaller operations.

NSW Fisher Reforms

Lockerbie Aviation Lawyer Takes on Putin in MH17 Case [themoscowtimes.com]

May 23rd, 2016

The Moscow Times reports on LHD's claim for compensation in the European Court of Human Rights.

Lawyer Jerry Skinner is leading a legal team from Australian law firm LHD to seek $330 million for the families of 16 crash victims from Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia. 

Malaysian Airlines

Families of Flight MH17 victims attempt to sue Vladimir Putin and Russia for £165m [independent.co.uk]

May 21st, 2016

Jerry Skinner discusses compensation claim filed against Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation.

Vladimir Putin

David Friday sues flight school over the death of his wife and son in Germanwings crash [theage.com.au]

April 2nd, 2016

Jerry Skinner discusses LHD's preparations in seeking compensation for a Melbourne man who lost family members in the Germawings disaster.

A Victorian man whose wife and son were among the 150 people killed when suicidal Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz crashed a jet into the French Alps, is suing a US flight school he alleges failed to stop the tragedy.

David Friday

Search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Area only half the size of Tasmania to search as second anniversary nears [smh.com.au]

February 28th, 2016

The man leading the search for missing plane MH370, speaking ahead of the second anniversary of its disappearance next week, says there is an area only half the size of Tasmania left to search. The anniversary closes the door on new legal action against the airline.

MH17 Report: What it will reveal about Russia's involvement [news.com.au]

October 12th, 2015

The final report on the MH17 disaster is a 1000-page tome that highlights Russia’s lack of cooperation and even obstruction of the Dutch Safety Board investigation. US aviation lawyer Jerry Skinner who is working with LHD, who is representing five Australian families bereaved by the atrocity, received a briefing on the report prior to its public release in Netherlands tonight.

Malaysia Airlines MH17: What the final investigation this week will reveal [smh.com.au]

October 11th, 2015

The Dutch reconstruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 will reveal what happened to the aircraft is "as plain as the nose on your face". The aircraft's cockpit was peppered with shrapnel from above on the starboard (co-pilot's) side, leaving holes in the fuselage up to 76 millimetres in diameter, Fairfax Media has been told. The chairman and vice-chairman of the Dutch Safety Board briefed lawyer Jerry Skinner, whose Sydney-based firm LHD represents families of passengers who were on board, in the Hague two weeks ago.

LHD's Michael Hyland Referenced in Cathay Pacific Perth/Hong Kong Flight Incident [watoday.com.au]

September 30th, 2015

A Perth man has described an engine flaming outside his plane window on a Cathay Pacific flight that made an emergency landing in Bali on Friday, despite the airline insisting there were only "lights" seen. Senior associate [Michael Hyland] from a Sydney firm specialising in aviation law, has encouraged passengers to seek specialist advice. LHD Lawyers is representing some Malaysian and some Australian families of passengers lost aboard MH17, shot down over the Ukraine in 2014.

Even if wreckage is MH370 it could be too late for families to claim [smh.com.au]

August 4th, 2015

Even if the aircraft wreckage found on Reunion Island proves to be from MH370 and can lead searchers quickly to the fuselage and black boxes, time has almost run out for a legal claim against the airline, a leading aviation lawyer says.

LHD represents MH17 victim and client Tim Lauschet for legal action against Malaysia Airlines [straitstimes.com]

July 20th, 2015

The first legal action against Malaysia Airlines over the ill-fated Flight MH17 - which was shot down over Ukraine more than a year ago - has been filed by the son of a passenger, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Michael Hyland from LHD speaks on Airbus digital flight control system after French Alps crash [smh.com.au]

March 26th, 2015

The investigation into the rapid descent of an Airbus over the French Alps, which crashed killing 150 onboard, must scrutinise the plane's digital flight control system, says Michael Hyland, senior associate at LHD.

Michael Hyland said there had been a number of aviation incidents in recent years that had thrown the fly-by-wire control systems into question, including QF72.

MH17: Malaysia Airlines asks relatives for income tax returns to determine compensation [theage.com.au]

March 22nd, 2015

The son of a passenger killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has been asked to supply them with details of his mother's income tax returns, payslips and mortgage payments to support a claim for damages that his lawyers say should not be means tested.

Cyclist hit by car in Helensburgh calls for driver awareness [illawarramercury.com.au]

March 22nd, 2015

LHD's director Matthew Berenger recently spoke said something needs to be done about the increasing number of cyclists being killed on NSW roads. "Cyclists are always going to come off second best in a collision with a car," Mr Berenger, director of LHD lawyers, said.

Matthew's client Mr Braid was run down whilst riding his bike by a negligent driver and left for dead on a quiet stretch of road near Helensburgh.

Australian family of MH17 victims to seek better deal [news.com.au]

February 11th, 2015

One Australian family bereaved by the MH17 disaster will go it alone in legal action against Malaysia Airlines as a test case for other next of kin. Jerry Skinner who is working with LHD Lawyers and representing five Australian families from New South Wales, Canberra, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia, states he was preparing a case against the airline “on the issue of bad faith and not following the Montreal Convention”.

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