Update on 9/11 Lawsuits
As a follow up to our prior discussion on the 9/11 family lawsuits, the New York Times today covered the decision of 21 of the families to continue forward with their lawsuits againt airlines and airport security. 14 families took settlements after Monday's hearing, but the other families have decided they want a trial so they can get important information about what happened.
One father of a victim said in the article:
"My desire and goal is to try to find some answers. I want to know why Abdulaziz Alomari and Mohamed Atta were allowed to walk on planes in Portland, Me., with prohibited weapons. I want somebody to tell me why that happened.”
Also from the Times article:
Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond, said it was common for settlements to mount as the pressure of a trial approached. But he predicted some holdouts.
“I think the dynamics here may be different from what I would call more garden variety kind of tort litigation,” he said. “It doesn’t seem this is entirely driven by money, though it may be for some people. People want to tell their stories and want to find out as much as they can in court.” (Read full article here)
Tort "reformers" may hate for us to realize that lawsuits aren't just about monetary compensation, and that litigants aren't just looking for money. These people want information. Their search for information will benefit the public at large. We all deserve to know what happened that day and what could have been done differently. We all also would stand to benefit from any impact this litigation has on improving public safety.