Ex-Diplomats Warn Against Extending Civil Liability to Bank in Suit by Terror Victims

, New York Law Journal


Former U.S. diplomats are going to bat for the Jordan-based Arab Bank, arguing in papers filed this week with the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of affirming dismissal of a suit filed by victims of terrorist plots that they say the bank funded.

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  • Matthew Siegel

    While it certainly seems a chill on due process to allow suits by non-citizens with no connection to the U.S. to sue foreign entities regarding terrorist acts that also bear no direct connection with our Country, I think it is the utmost in perversity and begs the question for the above diplomats to claim it is critical for political stability in the Middle East that civil liability should not extend to a bank the plaintiffs allege was tied to terrorist groups that carried out these nefarious attacks! Christ, what stability could there be in the first place if these nations condone such terrorist acts? It is just that kind of a misbegotten mindset which will serve to trammel rather than effect Mideast peace at Israel‘s expense.

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