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Judge Rules That Airlines Must Go to Trial Over 9/11 Damages

A federal district judge in New York has denied a motion by the airline defendants to eliminate the potential damages owed to the leaseholders of the World Trade Center in a negligence suit arising out of the events of 9/11.  The defendants argued that the insurance payout to the plaintiff precluded any recovery based on the airlines' negligence.  The judge determined, however, that the overlap in the airlines' potential damages and the insurance payout was an issue of fact that required a trial.