Cozen O’Connor: Sean Carter Discusses the Passing of Bill Letting Americans Sue Saudi Arabia Over 9/11

Sean Carter Discusses the Passing of Bill Letting Americans Sue Saudi Arabia Over 9/11

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sean Carter discusses the recent passing of the Senate bill that expands the ability of U.S. citizens to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) and John Cornyn (R., Texas), clarifies that foreign governments can be sued for supporting terrorism acts even when they occur outside the United States. Dozens of insurers and thousands of victims and families are suing Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the attacks, alleging that Saudi government employees helped form a support network for the 9/11 attackers. The bill seeks to make clear that U.S. citizens can sue foreign governments for terrorism in the U.S. even though the support activities occurred overseas. Sean states: "If the House sponsors are successful in pushing this through, it will clarify that the kingdom cannot evade having to answer to the merits of these claims."

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