A $20 million lawsuit against the aviation company that Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein alleges was responsible for his near-death plane crash last September will not go to trial until next year, a judge ruled today.
During a case management conference, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary H. Strobel scheduled the trial of Goldstein's case and those of two others related to the accident for next March 2 so that federal officials can have time to complete their investigation into the cause of the crash.
In his lawsuit filed Dec. 23, Goldstein alleges the pilots decided to "to abort and/or reject the take-off in a negligent manner" despite knowing that at least one tire had blown as the jet reached take-off speed.
The plane overshot the runway and exploded into flames last Sept. 8, costing two friends and two airplane staff their lives, the lawsuit alleges. Goldstein and former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker were the only survivors of the crash. Goldstein is suing the estates of the two late pilots, Sarah Lemmon and James Bland, along with Clay Lacy Aviation, Global Exec Aviation, Inter Travel Services Inc. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co, and Learjet.
Goldstein suffered severe burns. He wants payment for pain and suffering, lost earnings, property damage, past and future medical and health- related expenses, and punitive damages.
Barker, 33, and Thelma Still, the mother of the drummer's bodyguard, Charles Still -- who was killed in the crash -- filed a separate lawsuit, and a third case was brought by the widow and son of Barker's assistant, Chris Baker, who also died.
The two pilots also did not survive. All three cases have been assigned to Strobel. Attorneys in the case said today they are in favor of consolidating them for trial.