Judge dismisses Sept 11 suit against New York City

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  • Friday, 13 Jan 2006

By Kevin Plumberg

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday dismissed the last remaining property damage claim against the City of New York related to the Sept. 11 attacks. 

Six insurers sought repayment from the city for expenses arising from the collapse of a 47-story office building near the Twin Towers. 

New York City is immune from liability under state law, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled. 

But he left in place a lawsuit against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey -- owner of the World Trade Center site -- as well the property manager 7WTC, Citigroup and others. 

The building in question -- 7 World Trade Center -- collapsed from the effects of the attacks that brought down the Twin Towers. The suit blames the fall in part on the large diesel fuel tanks on the premises that caused fires to grow out of control. 

Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Ltd. and five other insurers for the utility c Consolidated Edison Company of New York, which lost nine transformers and other assets in the building, brought the suit to recover the claim they paid to Con Ed. 

The other plaintiffs were Liberty Insurance Underwriters, a unit of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.; National Union Insurance Company of Pittsburgh; Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited; and underwriters at Lloyd's. 

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