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Nearly three dozen lawsuits have been filed against Boeing since its 737 Max 8 aircraft operated by Lion Air crashed in Indonesia on Oct. 29, killing all 189 people aboard.

Now that an Ethiopian Air flight in a 737 Max 8 crashed in Ethiopia on March 10 and killed 157 people, and the United States and many other countries grounded the aircraft series pending further investigation, Boeing could face countless other lawsuits, report Law.com, Crain s Chicago Business and CNN.

While the cause of the crashes is still unknown, similarities between the two point to a potential problem with the Boeing 737 Max s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, an anti-stalling software that could push an aircraft into a nosedive despite a pilot s attempts to make it climb during takeoff.

Eight of the passengers on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 were Americans, whose families could bring lawsuits against Boeing, according to Law.com. Southwest Airlines, American Airlines or any other airline that operates the series also could sue over loss of revenue during the grounding of the fleet.

On Wednesday, Norwegian Air CEO Bj rn Kjos announced to customers in a recorded message that the airline would seek compensation from Boeing.

The investigation into the Ethiopian Air crash also could affect earlier lawsuits related to the Lion Air crash, particularly whether the two incidents were caused by the same problem....