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Aug 6, 2010 8:53 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Lawsuits continue over 2005 Pueblo jet crash

A federal judge in Denver has ruled on which state laws apply in a lawsuit by the families of the people killed in a 2005 crash in Colorado of a jet owned by Circuit City.

U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn ruled Thursday that Kansas law, which limits the amount of non-economic damages in a wrongful death lawsuit, applies to claims against Cessna Aircraft Co. Kansas-based Cessna made the plane that crashed near the Pueblo Airport, killing the two crew members and six passengers.

Victims' families said the laws in their home states of Virginia and Illinois should apply. Those states don't cap damages.

Blackburn also ruled that Colorado law applies to claims against Circuit City and Martinair Inc., the jet's operator. Colorado law allocates fault among parties.

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