Impermissible Jury Compromise Requires Court to Set Aside $500,000 Pain and Suffering Verdict for Ankle Injuries in Case Stemming from 1993 World Trade Center Bombing


Terrorists attacked New York City's World Trade Center buildings twice - once on 2/26/93 exploding a bomb in the underground parking garage of the north tower; then on 9/11/01 flying planes into both towers.

Most people safely evacuated in 1993 (six died and hundreds were injured).

The lawsuits that followed the 1993 bombing are still ongoing and we write here about the case of Charla Mitchell who was working in the south tower that day on the 100th floor who claims the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (the buildings' owner) was responsible for her injuries (along with the terrorists).

It took 15 years for the courts to resolve whether the Port Authority bore any responsibility for the damages resulting from the deaths and the injuries in the bombing. In Nash v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (2008), a Manhattan jury's verdict finding the Port Authority 68% at fault was upheld in view of its refusal to secure the towers against this type of attack when it had in its possession for years reports that placed it on notice that this very type of attack would occur.

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