Law firms restart 9/11 Saudi suits

New Straits Times - - World -

NEW YORK: For years, fam­ily mem­bers of those killed on Sept 11 and in­sur­ance com­pa­nies tried un­suc­cess­fully through the courts to hold Saudi Ara­bia or busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions there re­spon­si­ble for the ter­ror­ist at­tacks. Now that Congress has cleared the way, they are mak­ing a fresh ef­fort.

Next year, the fed­eral courts will make rul­ings sig­nalling to fam­ily mem­bers of those killed and in­jured first re­spon­ders whether pas­sage of the 2016 Jus­tice Against Spon­sors of Ter­ror­ism Act was a sym­bolic ex­er­cise or a cat­a­lyst to get­ting them to trial.

Lawyer Tim­o­thy Litzen­burg said his firm raced to court af­ter Congress over­rode for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s veto in Septem­ber, hop­ing to get an early start on win­ning dam­ages for lit­i­gants.

“We thought maybe we could do the first trial,” he said. But now that the law­suits have been con­sol­i­dated be­fore a fed­eral court, Litzen­burg pre­dicts it could be a decade be­fore there is a res­o­lu­tion for over a dozen law­suits filed against the king­dom. AP

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