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New York Lawsuits Seek Damages From Iran For Terror Acts

NEW YORK – (AP) Families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and a 1983 bombing of U.S. Marines in Lebanon are seeking to hold Iran accountable in separate legal actions. A lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Manhattan seeks to enforce a $2.6 billion judgment against the...

Judge To Hear Plan To Pay $657 Million To WTC Responders

NEW YORK – (AP) Thousands of ground zero workers who claim to have been sickened by dust and debris from the World Trade Center will have 90 days to decide whether to accept a settlement worth up to $657.5 million. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who must approve the deal, scheduled...

Tough Choice Ahead On Settlement For 9/11 Workers

NEW YORK – (AP) In the years after the 9/11 terror attacks, 10,000 people who helped clear mountains of debris from Lower Manhattan filed lawsuits blaming New York City for failing to protect them from the toxic dust. Now, plaintiffs like firefighter Martin Fullam face a tight deadline...

$716 Million Settlement For WTC First Responders, Rubble Removal Workers Approved

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) U.S. Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York on June 23 approved a $716 million settlement for first responders and workers who cleared the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center towers after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack; a case management hearing is...

Group Sues To Stop Mosque Near New York's Ground Zero

NEW YORK - (AP) The debate over a planned Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero became a court fight Wednesday, as a conservative advocacy group sued to try to stop a project that has become a fulcrum for balancing religious freedom and the legacy of the Sept. 11 attacks. Full version...

Appeals Court Lets Government Halt Torture Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A sharply divided federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit challenging a controversial post-Sept. 11 CIA program that flew terrorism suspects to secret prisons. The complaint was filed by five terrorism suspects who were arrested shortly after 9/11 and say they were...

Court Asked, Can Ashcroft Be Sued For 9/11 Policy?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Abdullah al-Kidd had an all-American background: Kansas native, then a football star in college. That's when he converted to Islam. John Ashcroft was the attorney general who approved a policy that led to the arrests of al-Kidd and dozens of others without evidence of crimes...

June Date Set For Sept. 11 Trial Against Airline

NEW YORK - (AP) A judge has set a June start date for a lawsuit that says an airline and several security companies are liable for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

More Than 10,000 WTC Disaster Site Litigation Claimants File Opt-In Documents

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) More than 10,000 of the claimants eligible to participate in the World Trade Center Disaster Site settlement process in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York have chosen to opt in, according to an announcement posted Nov. 19 by Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein...

Supreme Court Won't Revive Torture Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court on Monday refused to revive a lawsuit challenging a controversial post-Sept. 11 CIA program that flew terrorism suspects to secret prisons. The appeal asked the court to examine two controversial aspects of the U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks, "the extraordinary...

'Queen Of Torts' Named Ground Zero Fund Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A prominent New York attorney known as the "Queen of Torts" for her courtroom defense of some of the country's top companies is tackling a vastly different job running the $2.78 billion fund to compensate ground zero workers and others who say they were sickened...

Lawyers Ask New York City Judge To Find Iran Liable For 9/11

NEW YORK - (AP) Lawyers representing 9/11 families are asking a federal judge to find Iran culpable in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, saying new evidence shows Iranian officials had advanced word of the attacks and helped train the hijackers. The lawyers filed papers Thursday in U.S. District Court in...

Judge Nixes Lawsuit Over Mosque Planned Near Ground Zero

NEW YORK - (AP) A judge has tossed out a lawsuit aiming to stop a proposed mosque about two blocks from ground zero. The American Center for Law and Justice said Monday it plans to appeal the ruling. The conservative legal group filed the lawsuit on behalf of former firefighter Timothy Brown. The suit...

Pittsburgh Steeler Sues Champion Over Tweet Dispute

RALEIGH, N.C. - (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is suing the parent company of the Champion sports apparel maker, calling the decision to drop his endorsement deal over his tweets about the death of Osama bin Laden and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks a breach of contract. Mendenhall's...

New York Hotel Sues Over Ground Zero Construction Noise

NEW YORK - (AP) The din of rebuilding the World Trade Center is driving guests away from a prominent hotel overlooking ground zero, and the agency in charge hasn't listened to requests to quell the noise, the hotel's owner says in a lawsuit filed Friday. The Millennium Hilton has lost $8 million...

Judge: World Trade Center Properties Cannot Recover Against Aviation Defendants

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) World Trade Center Properties LLC and its holding companies’ $4.09 billion insurance recovery stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks corresponds to and offsets their maximum potential tort damages recovery of $2.8 billion, a New York federal judge...

2nd Circuit: $5M Contingent Payment Pursuant To Sept. 11 Settlement Not Triggered

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 9 found that a lower federal court erred in ordering the WTC Captive Insurance Co. Inc. to make a $5 million first contingent payment pursuant to the settlement of personal injury claims filed against the City of New York...

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Saudi Arabia’s Appeal Disputing Reopening Of 9/11 Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 30 refused to hear the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s appeal of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ finding that a lower federal court erred in denying insurers’ motion to reopen a judgment that dismissed sovereign...

Florida Judge Declares Mistrial In Tobacco Case Because Of Witness Statement (Watch The Videos)

VIERA, Fla. — (Mealey’s) A state court judge sitting in the Brevard County, Fla., 18th Judicial Circuit Court entered a mistrial on Sept. 26 after two weeks of trial in a wrongful death action brought by the widow of a longtime smoker because of a comment made by an expert witness for the...

U.S. High Court Denies Appeal In Suit Over Sept. 11 Toxic Dust Cleanup Costs

WASHINGTON, DC. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 1 rejected a petition challenging the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ finding that defendants in a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) lawsuit can raise an “act of war”...