February 20, 2013
World Trade Center Properties LLC asked a federal judge to rule in its favor and reject a defense asserted by AMR Corp.’s American Airlines that it was the victim of an “act of war” in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
WTC Properties, leaseholder of the lower Manhattan twin skyscrapers destroyed in the attacks, sued parties including United Continental Holdings Inc. and American Airlines in 2008, claiming their negligence caused the towers’ collapse.
Terrorists hijacked airliners and flew them into the two towers and the Pentagon and crashed a fourth in a field in Pennsylvania, killing about 3,000 people. World Trade Center Properties is an affiliate of Silverstein Properties, which is developing towers at the site.