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Airlines not liable for 9/11 clean-up costs: court

Published Sun, May 4, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[NEW YORK] American Airlines, United Airlines and the World Trade Center leaseholder do not have to pay a property developer environmental clean-up costs from the Sept 11, 2001, hijacked plane attacks, a US appeals court ruled on Friday.

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said that the attacks were an act of war, exempting defendants of liability under a law enacted in 1980 to deal with environmental and health risks caused by industrial pollution.

Real estate developer Cedar & Washington Associates sued in 2008 to recoup costs associated with cleaning up asbestos, fibreglass and other particles during the renovation of a 12-storey apartment building near the site in lower Manhattan where the World Trade Center's twin towers were destroyed.

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