A Manhattan judge on Thursday refused to toss a firefighter widow’s wrongful-death lawsuit stemming from a Harlem blaze on the set of Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn.”
“Motion denied,” Manhattan Supreme Justice Alan Marin barked following tense arguments between lawyers for the estate of Lt. Michael Davidson and film company Class 5 Inc., which sought to dismiss the suit.
Davidson’s lawyer, Vito Cannavo, argued that production of the film, set for a November release, altered the walk-up at 773 St. Nicholas Ave. in such a way as to create the hazard that killed Davidson last March.
Cannavo vowed he would “show directly how this movie production violated numerous codes and caused this man’s death.”
Ben Naftalis, the lawyer for the production company behind the Norton-directed film, said his clients did nothing wrong, and claimed the plaintiffs failed to identify how the filmmakers were linked to the fire.
FDNY investigators have said the blaze was sparked by a basement boiler in the building.
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