NTSB gets complaints about air crash attorneys

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By IAN MADER and PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials are looking into whether some attorneys may have violated a U.S. law barring uninvited solicitation of air disaster victims in the first 45 days after an accident in connection with the crash landing of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it has received an unspecified number of complaints about solicitations since the July 6 accident. The agency referred one Chicago firm to the Illinois agency that regulates attorneys for investigation of its online communications and in-person meetings with passengers.

An attorney for the law firm — Ribbeck Law Chartered — says it legally and ethically obtained its clients and that all initiated contact with the firm.

At issue is a federal law that bars uninvited solicitations of crash victims.

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