Agency Loses Appeal in 1993 World Trade Center Bombing Case

The agency that owned the World Trade Center has lost an appeal of a decision that held it liable in the 1993 trade center bombing.

A five-judge appellate panel upheld a decision that had denied an appeal to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The agency had asked the state Supreme Court panel to set aside a 2005 jury verdict in the bombing.

The jury found that the agency had not properly protected its parking garage, where terrorists blew up a rental van loaded with explosives on Feb. 26, 1993. Six people were killed and about 1,000 people injured.

The panel says that the evidence "overwhelmingly" supports the view that the agency could have prevented harm by trying to secure the premises.

Spokesman Steve Coleman says the Port Authority has resolved most of its 1993 cases and officials "look forward to resolving those as well."