World Trade Center Asks 9/11 Judge to Dismiss AMR Defense
By Patricia Hurtado – Feb 20, 2013 11:28 AM ET
World Trade Center Properties LLC asked a federal judge to rule in its favor and dismiss a defense asserted by AMR Corp.’s American Airlines that it was the victim of an “act of war” in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The Silverstein Properties Inc. unit argued that the airline had said after the attacks, which destroyed the twin World Trade Center towers in lower Manhattan, that it wouldn’t seek to avoid liability based on an “act of war” exclusion.
World Trade Center Properties sued defendants including United Continental Holdings Inc. and American Airlines Inc. in 2008, claiming their negligence caused the towers’ collapse. Terrorists hijacked airliners and flew them into the two towers, as well as the Pentagon and crashed a fourth in a field in Pennsylvania, killing approximately 3,000 people.
Silverstein asked that AMR’s assertion it can use the defense as a shield from liability shouldn’t be granted, according to court papers. Sean Collins, a spokesman for the airline, declined to comment.
The property firm, named for Larry Silverstein, claimed that, in the wake of the attacks, the airlines’ insurers promised U.S. officials they wouldn’t use such an exclusion to avoid paying claims for the terrorist attacks.
The case is In Re September 11 Litigation, 21-MC-101, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).
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