Adam Klasfeld
Courthouse News
May 2, 2014

Since the World Trade Center attacks were an “act of war,” the former building’s owner is not liable for toxic dust that landed on a building in Lower Manhattan, the 2nd Circuit ruled Friday.

The building collapse on Sept. 11, 2001, spewed a toxic mix of asbestos, silicon, fiberglass, benzene, lead and mercury throughout Lower Manhattan, and some of the dust landed upon a nearby 12-story office building developed by Cedar & Washington Associates.

In 2008, the developer sued the owners of the fallen towers, and the airplanes that crashed into them, in federal court under a statute commonly known as Superfund law.

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