The families of a flight attendant and passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11, have reached agreements with the airline and Globe Aviation Services for their wrongful-death suits, but a lawyer for one of the families is worried federal Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein will rule the settlement is too high. That may not be a huge surprise.
Attorney Donald A. Migliori, who's representing flight attendant Sara Low's family, claims Judge Hellerstein has said he won't reward plaintiffs who have dragged the process out to get a bigger payoff. But Migliori told the Times Low's family wasn't holding out and is "seeking a fair resolution." The exact amounts are confidential, but court papers seem to show the two latest settlements are bigger than ones from similar cases. Lawyers for both sides say they're comparable. These are two of the last 9/11 related wrongful death and injury claims before Judge Hellerstein. Meanwhile, the city's set to go to court this spring over its own 9/11 lawsuits.