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The goodwill that arose in the wake of 9/11 could only last so long, as recent litigation has shown. On August 27 New York federal district court judge Alvin Hellerstein dismissed a suit filed by Taunus Corporation, a U.S. holding company and subsidiary of Deutsche Bank AG, that blamed New York City for more than $500 million of 9/11-related damage to its 40-story office building at 130 Liberty Street, and harm to its property at 4 Albany Street. Among other accusations, the financial giant claimed that the city’s storage of a diesel fuel tank in 7 World Trade Center seriously damaged the company’s property by exploding, causing the collapse of 7 World Trade Center, then releasing a plume of debris onto 130 Liberty Street. Judge Hellerstein dismissed that central claim for procedural reasons � Taunus hadn’t mentioned it in its preliminary filings with the court � but allowed the company to file an amended complaint addressing some of its other claims. Taunus did so in September, accusing the city of faulty post-9/11 cleanup efforts. Taunus has also filed a separate suit against its insurers, alleging damages of $1.9 billion, and claiming that the Liberty Street building must be demolished. For plaintiff Taunus Corporation (New York) In-house: Director and senior counsel Marla Alhadeff. Moses & Singer (New York): Henry Bergman, Philippe Zimmerman, and associate Kimberly Kline. The firm was retained for decades by Bankers Trust Company, which was acquired by Deutsche Bank in 1999. Cahill Gordon & Reindel (New York): Charles Gilman, Thorn Rosenthal, and associates Mary Cait Curran, Andrew Madar, Catherine Smith, and Terry Wit. Gilman has a long-standing relationship with the legal department of Deutsche Bank. Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch (Morristown, New Jersey): Of counsel Frank Lawatsch, Jr. Lawatsch was formerly in-houseat Deutsche Bank. For defendant New York City New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel: Senior counsel of the WTC Unit Jesse Levine.

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