The Airplane Accident
In August of 2001 an aircraft, the Airbus A330, ran out of fuel and was forced to make an emergency landing in the Azores Islands. Many of the passengers suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and other emotional and mental harm.
Class action lawsuit
A class action was started against Air Transat (the operator), Airbus (the manufacturer of the aircraft), and Rolls Royce (the manufacturer of the engine). There were 291 passengers on the plane and 176 of those passengers joined the class action.
In June of 2005, a judge approved a settlement of $7,650,000. Each member of the class action could receive up to $80,000 in general damages. If they experience a loss of future or past income they could receive up to $50,000. They could also be awarded up to $5000 for both out-of-pocket expenses and future care expenses.