A Superior Court judge has denied a city request for dismissal of lawsuits by about 1,600 Long Beach Airport-area homeowners.
Judge Robert I. Weil ordered the city to respond to about $240 million in damage claims by the owners of about 800 dwellings.
Deputy City Atty. Roger Freeman said the move was the first in a series of court proceedings that could drag on for several years.
Freeman argued before Weil that the suits should be dismissed because a 3-year-old federal court injunction has taken control of the airport away from the city.