A federal judge has ordered Boeing to appear next week in a federal court in Texas to stand trial on charges of falsifying certificates related to the 737 MAX.
Boeing and the US government reached a 2021 deferred trial agreement in the case without the participation of family members of the 737 Max crash victims, who later argued in court that they should have been allowed to participate in the case under federal victims law. . In October, the judge agreed with them.
In Thursday’s ruling, Judge Reed O’Connor said Boeing should stand trial and family members or their attorneys can speak at trial.
This legal action is separate from the civil lawsuit that family members of the victims have filed against Boeing.
The Clifford Law Firm, which is representing family members of the victims in the civil suit, said in a statement that “it is rare in the history of US aviation law that a corporation has been sued on criminal charges related to the death of an aircraft crash.” victims. »
In September, Boeing and former CEO Dennis Muilenburg agreed to pay huge fines to settle charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission that misled the public about the safety of 737 MAX subscribers in two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019.
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