Saudi Arabia Gets 9/11 Families' Claims Tossed Under FSIA

Law360, Los Angeles (September 30, 2015, 11:12 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Saudi Arabia from multidistrict litigation involving family members of victims and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, stating the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act's noncommercial tort exception cannot apply to the case because all alleged tortious activities must be committed in the U.S.

The suit, filed in 2002, accused the Middle East nation of aiding and abetting terrorists through its government and through charitable organizations. Saudi Arabia filed a motion to dismiss the action, claiming as foreign soverigns they were immune from the suit.

"The issue before this court is whether the noncommercial tort...

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