BNP Paribas Not Liable For '98 Embassy Attacks: DC Circ.

Law360 (July 27, 2018, 7:03 PM EDT) -- Victims of two 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa and their families can't hold BNP Paribas liable for its alleged facilitation of money flows that supported the attacks, the D.C. Circuit ruled on Friday, saying that there was no showing that the bank helped cause the attacks.

French bank BNP Paribas SA was accused of helping fund the two Aug. 7, 1998, truck-bomb explosions by allowing alleged terrorism sponsor Sudan to funnel money to al-Qaida through accounts at its predecessor bank Paribas. But under the Anti-Terrorism Act, "injury must have occurred 'by reason of' the act of international terrorism. That is,...

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