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Associated Press, Published September 21 2011

Last family suing over 9/11 says judge gutted case

BOSTON — The family fighting the last remaining wrongful death lawsuit against the airlines from the Sept. 11 attacks says it settled because the judge "essentially gutted" their case.

Mark Bavis was a hockey scout for the Los Angeles Kings who was on his way to training camp on United Flight 175 when it was hijacked and flown into the south tower of the World Trade Center.

The family has said it wanted to use the lawsuit to expose the airlines' security failures and force them to take responsibility for their role in the attacks. But in a public letter issued on Wednesday, the Bavises say decisions by U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein guaranteed that "the truth about what led to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, would never be told at trial."

Terms of Monday's settlement were not disclosed.


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