Pending before Judge Stanley Sklar in Manhattan state court, however, are hundreds of claims over the blast that occurred at the World Trade Center in February, 1993.
The lawsuits, which involve claims for personal injuries, property damage, and business interruption, were consolidated before Judge Sklar
Since then, the parties have squabbled about the production of Port Authority documents relative to terrorism prevention.
The Port Authority
, which denies any liability for the occurrence, argued that the documents were privileged, and that it needed to keep security measures confidential.
Plaintiffs' lawyers believe that they have sufficient documentation to try the case early next year.
The first phase of the trial will involve liability, and should the plaintiffs succeed, a second stage of the trial will determine damages.
One of the cases pending before Judge Sklar
is a business interruption claim of Cantor Fitzgerald, the bond trading firm which lost 700 of its employees in the September 11 blast.