Lawsuit Filed in Jenni Rivera Plane Crash

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Relatives of four people killed in a plane crash with Jenni Rivera in Mexico last month are suing the singer’s company, alleging negligence in hiring a faulty plane.

The families of publicist Arturo Rivera, make-up artist Jacob Yebale, attorney Mario Pacheco and hair dresser Gorge Vasquez are also suing several agencies they say contributed to the Dec. 9 plane crash.

Attorneys Paul Kiesel and Steven ArJenni Rivera’s Remains Identified, Given to Familycher are representing the families.

They’re seeking punitive damages against Starwood management and Rodatz financial group, the current owners of the Learjet 25.

Previous owner McOco incorporated is also named in the lawsuit.

According to federal aviation records, the jet was built more than 43 years ago. It suffered damage back in 2005.

“The left wing sustained serious damage and we’re getting all the maintenance history on that plane,” Paul Kiesel said at a news conference on Thursday.

Attorneys also raised concerns about the two pilots involved, including a 78-year-old.

“In the U.S., to fly you must be no older than 65 years old,” Kiesel remarked.

The other pilot, a 20-year-old, may not have had the credentials to fly the jet in the first place, according to the attorneys.

“He wasn’t certified. Sure he had experience — a lot for a 20-year-old — but he didn’t have certification to fly that plane,” Kiesel said.

Rivera’s family is not listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. However, a company that she owned, Jenni Rivera Enterprises, is named as a defendant.

Attorneys say they’re not seeking punitive damages against Rivera’s company.

It may take months for this lawsuit to go to court. One of the first steps is awaiting the NTSB’s final report on the cause of the cause of the crash, which killed Rivera and six others.

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    • evilqueen75

      ScottyBoy you are such a DOUCHE BAG!!!!! Youre probably an unemployed useless man, oops meant to type Useless Boy with nothing better to do.

    • el sancho

      look white boy, shut your face cracker. go to texas, where the rest of your family is from. we don't need stupid fucks in california you gringo.

      • guest

        How about you hop the border back into Mexico? California doesn't need a bunch of illegal beaners like you. Tired of wetback losers like you everywhere. Cant get away from all the Spanish speaking Mexicans EVERYWHERE. Texas isn't much better, too close to Mexico.

    • Luis LS

      Hey ignorant douche bag before you insult have some respect and educate yourself Jenni Rivera was born in Long Beach. Her entire family and the families of all those who died on that plane were all citizens in the states. Do yourself a favor and open up a book instead of making ignorant remarks until then go f*** yourself buddy

  • Sara

    Jenny Rivera was born and raised in Long Beach!!! She was not an illegal!!! I was not a fan but I had to comment because it is very upsetting that somehow it becomes about race or status!!! I support the lawsuit, not as a fan but as a human being!!!!

      • Angie

        True, it was a plane crash. However, Starwood Management deserves to be sued!! Evidence shows that records regarding the Learjet in question had been manipulated. As well as other records regarding the company. My heart goes out the families of the victims.

  • Anonymous

    To the Anonymous poster from above, you are indeed correct that Jenni was NOT an illegal, but her parents absolutely are, At least there were illegal when she was born here. Either way, this lawsuit is disgusting. People will attempt to sue anyone or anything nowadays if it means free money.

    • Omar

      Where do you think your ancestors were born? As i recall these american land were all native land ?So any white person here migrated from the Europeans . So what does that make you ?

        • guest

          Yes but we migrated here when it was legal. Most of us didn't hop the border to live here illegally and suck money out of the system without paying taxes.

          • Omar

            Legal ?? Did you forget how you got here ? what did you do to blacks and the natives ? Let me see see White man use blacks as slaves to work for them for free, till this day white man use illegals to work for them and pay them cheap plus cheat them out from having their breaks I don't think that is legal but you guys still do it ? Lets see wait i almost forgot when you first migrated to the natives land you brought diseases and kill many natives not just that you white man took advantage of them took alot of their gold, pretty much cheated them out i think that is call stealing ? Then after natives teach you all of you white man how to farm you end up killing them but till this day you you still celebrate Thanks Giving like if was something good but now you have them living in small villages where all the trash ends up being dumb thats not right or is it ? So if you came to this land and took advantage of its riches and made your self rich by cheating people out Why can't people do the same now ?

          • Omar

            you may of not hop the border but you sure did cheated and steal from natives and use blacks as slaves just to make yourself s powerful I think that's is worse then hoping the border> Don't worry you white man will continued to get richer all this illegal want is opportunity to live a better life not a rich life a better life.

          • Omar

            you migrated here but us natives didn't have to migrate this was our home our lands but you white man cheated and steal from us made it your lands…

    • The Big Al

      Let me ask then if the plane went down because it wasnt being properly maintained, your telling me no one should be to blame. How stupid are you people.

  • suzanna

    Wow-these comments are very disrespectful to the families involved!

    The company manipulated the records of the aircraft.

    The company MUST be held responsible. The only way is to sue them.



  • El Sancho


    _EL Sancho_

    • Kev

      Really…..El Sancho…..I thought you guys just mowed my yard and blew the clippings next door when I was at work. If you are really scoring all of the wives, plus mowing yards, then good for you.

  • bea

    We all bleed red. what does race have to do with anything! I do belive the mexicans were here first.if not to bad. They are still human beings!! a lot nice then some races.

  • melbaback

    Kaitlyn. I agree that Kathy`s story is surprising… on thursday I bought a great new Lancia when I got my cheque for $9209 this past five weeks and would you believe, $10 thousand lass month. it's by-far the nicest job Ive ever done. I actually started 7-months ago and right away startad making over $84… p/h. I work through this link,……… BIT40.ℂOℳ

  • John

    It's funny how this story went from the lawsuit of her family sueing the aircraft company of a faulty plane to a racist dialogue. There's always someone saying demeaning comments to get the rest of us going. Just ignore him. He's probably some neo-nazi anyway.

  • Jess

    He's an asshole…we as Americans always take care of are Owen . 7 people died a horrific death that's the bottom line …its not about the money it's about finding the people responsible ASSHOLE.. The family has money .

    • ScottyBoy

      Technically it wasn't a horrific death if you look at the facts. They took a 38,000 foot nosedive at about 600 mph. That leads me to believe it was pretty quick and painless. Better than cancer anyway.

  • Kate

    John, it is quite likely (since these were people who worked for Ms. Rivera, that the families do indeed need money. These people were, in all likelihood, the breadwinners for their family. If an old and poorly maintained aircraft crashed because it failed in mid-air or if a 78 year old pilot made an error that caused it to crash, those families should receive compensation from the responsible party. If a driver ran a red light and slammed into your car and killed a loved one, I'm sure you would expect that individual's insurance company and that person themselves to take responsibility for what they did wrong. If my son throws a ball through the neighbor's window – we pay to fix it. Walking away and saying deal with it yourself is irresponsible and wrong.

  • al

    Wasn’t there an article saying that she was involved with drug gangs and that’s why she was killed on the plane? Why should we feel sorry for a criminal? Good riddance.

  • Strike Force

    Another wetb@ck looking for free money. She was not all that as a career, if she was she would have bought a new jet, not a 1969. Good by anchor brat, next story.

  • Gina

    The jets company should be sued and jenni,s family as well seek money. Plane company's should be held responsible. And to a dumb ass racist I believe they all were legal dumb stupid hillbilly. People like you should be going first instead of great people like her