Meet the One 9/11 Family That Refuses to Settle

They want a trial, not the money
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2010 10:18 AM CDT
Meet the One 9/11 Family That Refuses to Settle
Two powerful beams of lights are tested from the World Trade Center site in preparation for the Sept. 11 Anniversary memorial "Tribute in Lights," New York, Monday Sept. 8, 2008.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Since Sept. 11, 2001, every legal claim for people injured or killed in the attacks has been resolved…except one. Mark Bavis, a 31-year-old hockey scout from Boston, died on United Airlines Flight 175, and his family has no intention of joining the large group of victims and their families who’ve settled their lawsuits. The suit isn’t about the money, they tell the New York Times: It’s about holding United and other defendants accountable in a public courtroom.

“The security breaches that day,” including security checkpoint failures, flawed cockpit doors, and ignored government warnings, “were absolutely known to these defendants before 9/11, and should have been addressed before this could happen,” says their lawyer. Though some doubt a trial will be helpful, another victim’s wife, who settled her lawsuit, praises the Bavises: “I always hoped that there would be at least one—it only takes one family—to hold out and bring them to trial and get the answers that everyone deserves.”
(Read more Mark Bavis stories.)

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