NEW YORK CITY-Attorneys for World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein criticized American Airlines in court papers for asserting the terrorist attack on 9-11 was an “act of war” that shield the airline from liability.

In papers filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Monday, Silverstein charged that the airline and its parent company had pledged not to institute that defense as a means to avoid paying property damage claims in connection with the attack, according to the New York Daily News.

“Now, having obtained many billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded benefits from a massive federal bailout, which benefits continue to accrue, they have reversed course, asserting with breathtaking cynicism a supposed distinction—but one without a difference—between an act of war exclusion and an act of war defense,” Silverstein attorney Richard Williamson states in court papers. See story in the New York Daily News.