WTC Developer Still Pursuing Airlines for Damages

Developer Larry Silverstein and his company, World Trade Center Properties, are still seeking compensation from United Airlines and American Airlines for their role in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center despite a 2013 ruling that prohibited Silverstein from suing the airlines.

Silverstien’s lawyers have accused United and American for “negligence” and say that World Trade Center Properties is entitled to damages, according to Reuters, of about $3.5 billion.

American Airlines flight 11 and United Airlines flight 157 were hijacked and used to destroy the World Trade Center towers in what The New York Times called a “Day of Terror.”

Yesterday, Jan. 14, World Trade Center Properties made its case in front of the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn the lower court’s 2013 ban.

Insurance companies have already given $4 billion in damages to Silverstein’s company for the 9/11 attacks. This, the airlines claim, is enough to compensate for the holdings.

In addition to the $3.5 billion being sought from airlines, “Silverstein’s lawyers also argued his insurers should hand over $1.2 billion they won from the airlines and airport security companies.”

The cases, World Trade Center Properties v. United Airlines et al. and World Trade Center Properties v. Industrial Risk Insurers London Syndicates, are being reviewed by a three-judge panel in New York.

Silverstein, who is in his eighties, stated after the 2013 ruling that,

We will not rest until we have exhausted every option to assure that the aviation industry’s insurers pay their fair share toward the complete rebuilding of the World Trade Center.

The One World Trade Center, formerly known as Freedom Tower or Ground zero, officially opened its doors in November.

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