9/11 families settle suit against airlines and screening firm

October 3, 2007 13:22

Five families who lost relatives in the 2001 terrorist attacks have settled their negligence lawsuit against American Airlines, Boeing Co. and a passenger screening company, a lawyer said. The families refused money from the Victim Compensation Fund, which was created by Congress to protect airlines from a barrage of litigation, so they could pursue the lawsuit and highlight airport security failures. The amount of the financial settlement is confidential, but "substantial," Keith Franz, a lawyer who represents four Maryland families who lost relatives at the Pentagon, said Tuesday. "The families feel completely vindicated by their decision." The settlement also includes two women who were injured at the Pentagon, and the relatives of a woman killed at the World Trade Center.

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