08/16/2012 08:12 am ET

Judge Rules Liability Still Unsettled in Metro Crash Litigation

A group of private companies sued over a fatal Metro rail crash in 2009 scored a victory yesterday with a ruling from U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton that the question of liability is still in play.

The plaintiffs -- victims of the June 22, 2009, crash and their families -- and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority had argued that the corporate defendants already admitted to liability and that they shouldn't be allowed to contest it moving forward. To do so would be prejudicial, the plaintiffs claimed, since they had been preparing for damages-only trials. WMATA, which is also a defendant, filed its brief under seal.

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