Costa would prefer that this case disappear quietly, and the unprecedented sentence seems like a good reason to let the decision stand.
Costa says the salvage effort pumped $355 million into the Italian economy, but the shipwrecked eyesore also hurt Giglio's unique landscape and tourism sector.
Carnival quietly moved Foschi to an executive role in Asia six months after the incident and he's now officially retired from the board with $1.7 million more than you'd expect for someone in charge of the one of the decade's worst cruise incidents.
Captain Francesco Schettino is already the most hated man in the cruise industry giving little shock value to the witness's claims. His reputation is already ruined, no matter what the court rules. Perhaps Italian politics for his next job?
The town of Giglio, Italy is eager to see the hulking vessel removed. It may have benefitted from the money spent to work on the ship so far, but townspeople would like to replace salvage tourists with the more traditional sort.
Despite discounts, the Carnival brand has been hit hard over the last year. The company hopes that a victory over the landmark of this waterborne tragedy will give the brand a boost.
This is in addition to any judgement that Costa or parent company Carnival will have to pay victims of the accident.
Carnival's Costa brand is wise to seek status on behalf of its shareholders, but it risks looking like a giant, un-caring corporation that only cares about its own bottom line rather than the dead people who were trapped on its sunken ship.