Judge OKs American Airlines-Cantor Fitzgerald 9/11 Settlement

Monday, 13 Jan 2014 04:49 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A federal judge on Monday approved a $135 million settlement between American Airlines Group Inc and Cantor Fitzgerald over business and property losses suffered by the financial services company in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, in which 658 of Cantor's employees were killed.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said the agreement, which averts a trial that had been scheduled to begin this month, was "fair and reasonable" at a brief court hearing.

Under the settlement, American's insurers will pay Cantor $135 million, minus approximately $2.5 million from two insurers that are insolvent and cannot cover their share.

The settlement ends one of the last remaining pieces of litigation stemming from the 2001 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

Cantor lost almost two-thirds of its 1,000 New York employees after American Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower of the World Trade Center.

In the lawsuit, originally filed in 2004, Cantor accused American Airlines of negligence for failing to prevent hijackers from boarding the flight at Logan International Airport in Boston. At one point, the company had sought more than $1 billion in damages, but the sum was later reduced to between $464 million and $484 million.

American Airlines had said in defending the case that it had no way to foresee the attacks.

The terms of the settlement were first disclosed in December. In a statement at that time, Cantor's chief executive officer, Howard Lutnick, said, "For us, there is no way to describe this compromise with inapt words like ordinary, fair or reasonable. All we can say is that the legal formality of this matter is over."

American Airlines said in a statement that it had defended itself in litigation brought by property owners "who allege that American should have done what the government could not do - prevent the terrorist attacks." It said it would "forever honor the memory" of the victims and heroes of Sept. 11.

 

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Ex-Romney Adviser: Americans Don't Appreciate Foreign Policy

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 21:00 PM

Americans are woefully underinformed on the need for strong foreign policy, but that doesn't mean their leaders should a . . .

Obamacare Gives Some Young Adults Incentive to Stay Uninsured

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 20:42 PM

Despite its intended goal to provide health insurance to everyone, Obamacare actually gives some young adults a strong f . . .

CNN Anchor Tweets Insult About Fox News Climate Story

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 19:26 PM

CNN anchor Bill Weir went on a mini-Twitter tirade Thursday, crudely slamming a Fox News blog for its post on former Vic . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved