The owners of a private plane carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera when she died last year (12) have lost their bid to have a wrongful death lawsuit filed against them dismissed. Two pilots and five passengers, including the star, perished on 9 December, 2012 after the Learjet crashed in Mexico.
The families of Rivera's publicist, Arturo Rivera, make-up artist, Jacobo Yebale, hairstylist, Jorge Armando Sanchez Vasquez, and attorney, Mario Macias Pacheco, joined forces in January (13) to sue operators at Starwood Management Inc. for damages in a Los Angeles court.
The defendants argued they were not subject to jurisdiction in California as the crash occurred in Mexico, and they requested the case be thrown out.
But a judge ruled in the plaintiffs' favour on Thursday (14Nov13) and gave them the green light to go ahead with the legal battle, because the plane was registered in the U.S., where officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are having the wreckage examined as they aid an investigation by Mexican authorities.
The owners of a Learjet private plane that crashed in December (12) killing Mexican singer Jenni Rivera are challenging a wrongful death lawsuit filed by four families who lost their loved ones in the tragedy. The Dejame Volver Contigo hitmaker passed away on 9 December (12) after the plane went down in Mexico, killing two pilots and five passengers.
In January (13), the families of Rivera's publicist Arturo Rivera, make up artist Jacobo Yebale, hairstylist Jorge Armando Sanchez Vasquez and attorney Mario Macias Pacheco filed a lawsuit against Starwood, Rodatz Financial Group McOCO, Inc. asking a Los Angeles court to determine damages. Jenni Rivera Enterprises, which booked the plane is also listed as a defendant.
Representatives from McOCO, Inc. claim they are not subject to jurisdiction in California, because the crash was in Mexico and they have requested the lawsuit is thrown out or set aside.
Attorney Paul Kiesel tells Billboard.com, "Defendants are challenging the lawsuit on procedural grounds rather than dealing with the tragic loss of life that resulted from the crash of their poorly maintained and improperly operated 43-year old Learjet."
A separate lawsuit filed in March (13), on behalf of Isabel Carrero Gomez, the widow of the plane's pilot is also being challenged. The lawsuits have been consolidated and will be considered by the same judge.
A court date has been set for 6 September (13).
While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
[Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox]