December 5, 2013
Blaming the collapse of 7 World Trade Center on an “unprecedented constellation of events,” the 2nd Circuit on Wednesday chucked negligence claims against the building’s landlords and developers.
The collapse of the North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001, sent fiery debris into Tower 7, lighting fires that burned for seven hours on multiple floors until it destroyed that building and crushed the Con Edison substation located directly underneath the building.
In 2004, Con Edison sued New York City, the Port Authority, and Tower 7’s owners and developers in Manhattan for negligence. The federal action has since gone through multiple rounds of appeals, amended complaints and procedural challenges by different groups of defendants.