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FILE - In this May 30, 2008 file photo, crews work at the scene of a crane collapse on the Upper East Side of New York. The New York City construction crane owner who was acquitted of manslaughter in a collapse that killed two workers has gone on trial again in a civil wrongful death case. Lawyers for the slain workers' families gave opening statements on Friday, May 23, 2014 in the trial of James Lomma, his company and others involved in the accident. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)
FILE - In this May 30, 2008 file photo, crews work at the scene of a crane collapse on the Upper East Side of New York. The New York City construction crane owner who was acquitted of manslaughter in a collapse that killed two workers has gone on trial again in a civil wrongful death case. Lawyers for the slain workers' families gave opening statements on Friday, May 23, 2014 in the trial of James Lomma, his company and others involved in the accident. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)
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(AP) A construction crane owner who was acquitted of manslaughter in a collapse that killed two workers is now facing a civil wrongful death trial.


Lawyers for the slain workers' families gave opening statements Friday. They're suing crane owner James Lomma (LOH'-mah), his company and others involved in a Manhattan high-rise construction site where a crane snapped apart in May 2008.


Defense openings are due Tuesday.


The collapse killed crane operator Donald C. Leo and sewer company worker Ramadan Kurtaj. Their lawyers say Lomma allowed a shoddy repair that failed and sparked the collapse.


Prosecutors made, and jurors rejected, a similar argument in Lomma's 2012 criminal trial.


There, Lomma's lawyers said he got the repair done responsibly and other factors caused the collapse.


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