NY Port Authority found negligent in 1993 World Trade Center bombing

[JURIST] A six-person jury on Wednesday found the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey [official website] negligent in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center [Wikipedia backgrounder] by Islamic radicals that killed six and injured 1,000. According to the jury, the Port Authority, which owned the World Trade Center, did not properly maintain the building's garage, where terrorists detonated an explosives-laden van. The plaintiffs argued that the Authority knew of the possibility of an attack on the building, but did nothing to increase security. The verdict, which the jury reached after one day of deliberation and after less than a month of trial [JURIST report], comes nearly 12 years after the case was first filed. Several trials will now be held in the case to determine damages. The verdict could also open up the Port Authority to similar lawsuits filed by those hurt in the attack. AP has more.

 

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