How Anti-Terrorism Act Extension Affects Mainstream Cos.

Law360 (May 29, 2020, 5:37 PM EDT) -- In the last 30 years, the U.S. Congress has enacted several laws enabling victims of terrorism to seek damages in U.S. federal courts.

The central piece of legislation in this regard, the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1990, or ATA, has twice been expanded in recent years to create secondary liability for any entity or person that knowingly aids or abets a terrorist act and to narrow the defenses available in such actions.

The trend toward the naming of mainstream enterprises as defendants reflects the gradual expansion of ATA liability over the last 30 years, and the difficulties plaintiffs have enforcing judgments against...

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