SILVERSTEIN Challenges Airline’s ‘Act of War’ Defense for 9/11 Attacks

February 21, 2013 by Editor - Finance Top Stories ROCKET NEWS

Larry Silverstein, leaseholder of the World Trade Center properties and famous for his "Pull it" statement regarding BUILDING 7 in the PBS TV Special "America Rebuilds" aired in 2002, is now asking a U.S. federal judge to reject arguments that American Airlines is not liable for damages stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001 hijackings because the attacks were an act of war.
(Here's the Building 7 quote:

Larry Silverstein filed court papers Wednesday asking U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan to dismiss that line of defense by the airline and its parent, AMR Corp , in the developer’s long-running negligence lawsuit against them.

Silverstein has sought to hold American and United Airlines, now United Continental Holdings Inc., responsible for damages from the 2001 attacks for allegedly failing to provide adequate airport and airline security.

The request comes ahead of a ruling by the judge in a separate case to determine whether an “act of war” clause of a federal statute provides a defense to liability claims. If Hellerstein were to rule that defense applied, it potentially could bolster the airlines’ defense against Silverstein.