Judge Upholds Saudi Immunity In 9/11 Damages MDL

Law360, New York (March 16, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge declined Thursday to reinstate claims against Saudi Arabia in a multidistrict litigation alleging charities and banks helped finance al-Qaida's 9/11 attacks, saying the recent restoration of similar claims against Afghanistan was not sufficient to bring back Saudi Arabia.

In an oral ruling, U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels upheld a 2006 decision that the kingdom and a state-sponsored charity is protected under the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act and do not have to face civil lawsuits filed by families of victims and...
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