Citing scope of 9/11, NY judge tosses 7 WTC suit

September 23, 2011 - 7:15 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit over the destruction of a third New York building in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying the "strange, improbable" events could not be foreseen.

Judge Alvin Hellerstein issued an order late Friday ending a lawsuit brought by the Consolidated Edison Co. of New York Inc. against Citigroup Inc. and a company created by Larry Silverstein. The judge says the negligence claim brought after Tower 7 of the World Trade Center collapsed after 5 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, was "too farfetched and tenuous" to survive as a lawsuit.

A Con Edison power station beneath the 47-story building was crushed when the tower fell.

A message for comment left with Con Edison wasn't immediately returned.