New York City, NY (WiredPRNews.com) — Appellate Court Affirms Verdict Holding Port Authority Responsible for 1993 World Trade Center Bombing. Trusted New York Publications Report on State Appellate Court Affirmation of Verdict Won by Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo Attorney
In October of 2005, David Dean of New York law firm Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo won a historic verdict against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in a case concerning the 1993 World Trade Center (WTC) bombing. After five weeks of trial, a jury found the Port Authority to be negligent for having failed to implement adequate security measures in the public parking garage of the WTC, attributing 68% liability to it for allowing the terrorists to gain access to the WTC. In contrast, the terrorist bombers were assessed 32% liability.
Articles in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Law Journal reported on the state appeals court’s recent unanimous ruling to uphold the jury’s verdict.
A Civil Matter
The 1993 World Trade Center bombing injured over 1,000 people, killing six. Islamic militants orchestrated the attack, setting off explosives in a rental van they were able to park, unimpeded, in the WTC public garage. The victims of the bombing, a precursor to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, were not provided with a government fund for compensation. Their resulting lawsuits against the Port Authority, for which Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo served as lead counsel, sought both compensation and answers as to how the bombing was able to occur in a prominent landmark building in the first place.
In upholding the verdict, the appellate court determined that evidence secured by the victims’ attorneys proved that the Port Authority knew, years in advance of the 1993 attack, that the WTC parking garage was vulnerable to truck bombings. Although equipped with this knowledge, the Port Authority refused repeatedly to heed the advice of its security experts to close the garage to the public.
The New York Times April 30, 2008 article noted that the unanimous decision marked the first time a court ruled on a seminal moment in New York history.
Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo proudly acknowledges the fact that it was the collective work of three of its partners, David Dean, Brian Shoot, and Andrew Carboy, that resulted in this landmark decision, one that will be talked about by lawyers, legal scholars and law students for decades to come.
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