Costa Cruises, the Italian company that operated the luxury cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Italy last week, is facing a class-action lawsuit in the United States (US).
Two US law firms along with Italy's consumer association, Codacons have indicated that they will file suit against Costa Cruises on behalf of the passengers. They are seeking a minimum of US$160,000 for each passenger on the ship.
Meanwhile officials say the search for 21 people still missing after the disaster will continue until the whole ship has been searched. The death toll has increased to 12 after the body of female passenger was found by searchers today.
Some reports say the grounded vessel is shifting at a rate of a few millimetres per hour.