Ramadan Kurtaj

Donald Leo and Ramadan Kurtaj (Credit: CBS 2)

$48 Million In Punitive Damages For Victims’ Families In 2008 Crane Collapse

A jury in Manhattan decided Monday that the families of two men killed in a 2008 construction crane collapse should get $48 million in punitive damages from the crane’s owner and his companies.

08/03/2015

Debris is scattered on the ground at the scene of a crane collapse on the Upper East Side at 91st Street and 1st Avenue May 30, 2008 in New York. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Jury Awards $47.8 Million To Families Of 2 Killed In Crane Collapse

Lomma and his companies will now have to pay $32 million to the family of Ramadan Kurtaj and $15.8 million to the family of Donald Leo.

07/30/2015

Debris is scattered on the ground at the scene of a crane collapse on the Upper East Side at 91st Street and 1st Avenue May 30, 2008 in New York. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Wrongful Death Trial Begins Anew In Upper East Side Crane Fall

After a criminal acquittal and a once-derailed wrongful death trial, a construction crane owner on Thursday again faced a civil trial in a collapse that killed two workers and helped spur new safety rules.

10/02/2014

Debris is scattered on the ground at the scene of a crane collapse on the Upper East Side at 91st Street and 1st Avenue May 30, 2008 in New York. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Judge Declares Mistrial In NYC Crane Collapse Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The judge said Friday that because the owner of New York Crane and Equipment, James Lomma, is in the hospital and could not attend court proceedings, the trial would be postponed until September.

05/30/2014

Donald Leo and Ramadan Kurtaj (Credit: CBS 2)

Civil Suit Begins Against Crane Company Owner In Deadly 2008 Collapse

Donald Leo’s mother said she wants justice for the 30-year-old crane operator who was killed in the may 2008 crane collapse on 91st Street and First Avenue.

05/23/2014

James Lomma (middle) in court on Thursday, April 26, 2012 in New York City (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

James Lomma Acquitted On All Counts In NYC Deadly Crane Collapse

There was anger in a Manhattan courtroom Thursday after a construction company owner was acquitted in a crane collapse that killed two workers on the Upper East Side.

04/26/2012

Debris is scattered on the ground at the scene of a crane collapse on the Upper East Side at 91st Street and 1st Avenue May 30, 2008 in New York. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Painful Testimony Given In Crane Collapse Trial

Interspersed with testimony about the bad welding jobs, the crack in the turntable that supported the crane operator’s cab, and the accusations of negligence by the crane owner, there are the witnesses who bring home the human tragedy.

03/09/2012

Debris is scattered on the ground at the scene of a crane collapse on the Upper East Side at 91st Street and 1st Avenue May 30, 2008 in New York. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Crane Owner James Lomma On Trial In Deadly 2008 Upper East Side Collapse

Lomma is accused of making inferior repairs to a crane to save money and prosecutors say he failed to take steps to ensure the repair was sound.

02/21/2012