Empowering victims to hold accountable the supporters of 
terrorism and genocide

Lawsuits -- Pending and Prospective


To further our mission – to support victims of terrorism and genocide in seeking redress, to hold accountable and publicize the governments, corporations and other entities that finance, support and perpetrate acts of terrorism and genocide around the world - Global Justice Group has been actively involved in:
Identifying victims of terrorism and genocide
Helping them obtain legal representation
Defraying the out-of-pocket costs of lawsuits filed on their behalf
The following is a representative sample of the pending and prospective litigation in which Global Justice Group has supported victims in their quest for justice:
Judgment on Liability Rendered; Compensation to be Determined
U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya/Tanzania
In August 2008, a lawsuit on behalf of victims of the Al Qaeda bombing attacks on the US Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on August 8, 1998, was filed against the Republic of Sudan, the Islamic Republic of Iran and others, for their complicity in the attacks. The attacks killed 224 people and injured over 4,500 – most of whom were local citizens who never received any compensation. The lawsuit alleges that Sudan, Iran and Hezbollah provided terrorism training and weapons to Al Qaeda, and assisted Al Qaeda in planning the attacks on the U.S. Embassies. The case was tried in the US Federal Court, Washington DC, and final judgment on liability was entered in favor of plaintiffs in November 2011. Further hearings are in progess to determine the damages to be awarded to over 400 plaintiffs. 
Pending Litigation
Arab Bank Plc
In December 2004, Motley Rice LLC, MM-Law LLC and several other law firms in the United States filed the first major civil counter-terrorism lawsuit on behalf of victims of terrorist attacks in Israel against Arab Bank, the largest bank in the Middle East. Based on evidence that Arab Bank transferred over $200 million from the Saudi Committee to Support the Al Aqsa/Al Quds Intifada to the families of suicide bombers and other terrorists from 2001 to 2004, and that it held accounts for senior Hamas leaders, the lawsuit alleges that Arab Bank “aided and abetted the perpetration of a systematic campaign of genocide, crimes against humanity, terrorism and financing terrorism which resulted in the murder and maiming of thousands of victims”. The case is currently pending in the US Federal Court, Southern District New York.
Oil-For-Food
In January 2009, a lawsuit was brought on behalf of victims of terrorist attacks in Israel that were orchestrated, directed, aided and supported by Saddam Hussein and his regime against several American and foreign oil companies and their directors/owners, including the El Paso Energy Corporation and Bayoil (USA) Inc. The lawsuit alleges that these companies knowingly aided and abetted the Saddam regime in carrying out these attacks by transferring over $60 million to Saddam Hussein, in violation of UN sanctions and US and international law. (Saddam publicly incited suicide bombing attacks in Israel and offered to pay the families of each suicide bomber $25,000.) These funds were then transferred to the Arab Liberation Front, a terrorist organization controlled and directed by Iraqi intelligence, which distributed these funds to the families of suicide bombers and other terrorists. The case is currently pending in the US Federal Court, Houston, Texas.
Prospective Litigation – Research Underway
Mumbai
Between November 26-29, 2011, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks targeting civilians were carried out at multiple locations throughout Mumbai, killing approximately 170 people and injuring over 300 more. The attacks were planned and directed by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives, and several trials have already taken place against individual perpetrators. Global Justice Group is currently supporting preliminary research aimed at documenting the victims and survivors.
Al-Anfal Campaign - Halabja
Global Justice Group is working with locals in Iraqi Kurdistan to identify victims of the March 16, 1988 poison gas attacks carried out by Saddam Hussein’s regime as part of a genocidal attack against Kurdish civilians in Halabja, which killed or maimed tens of thousands of men, women and children. Many of the victims are still suffering today from the injuries caused by the chemical weapons. GJG hopes to collect testimony from survivors of the attack and document their injuries and the deaths of their family members in an effort to gather sufficient preliminary evidence for the initiation of a lawsuit on behalf of the victims against the international suppliers of the chemicals used in the attack for their complicity in the genocide.

To further our mission – to support victims of terrorism and genocide in seeking redress, to hold accountable and publicize the governments, corporations and other entities that finance, support and perpetrate acts of terrorism and genocide around the world - Global Justice Group has been actively involved in:

 

  • Identifying victims of terrorism and genocide
  • Helping them obtain legal representation
  • Defraying the out-of-pocket costs of lawsuits filed on their behalf

 

The following is a representative sample of the pending and prospective litigation in which Global Justice Group has supported victims in their quest for justice:

 

I.  

Lawsuit filed against:  Arab Bank Plc and other defendants

On behalf of: Victims (and families of victims) of terrorist attacks in Israel in 2001 through 2004

When filed: December 2004

Where pending: US Federal Court, Eastern District of New York

Status of litigation:  On September 22, 2014, after 30 days of trial, a jury found Arab Bank liable for providing assistance to Hamas in connection with 24 terrorist attacks in Israel between 2001 and 2004.  In August 2015, the plaintiffs and Arab Bank entered into a settlement agreement, favorable to the plaintiffs.

Summary:  In December 2004, Motley Rice LLC, MM-Law LLC and several other law firms in the United States filed the first major civil counter-terrorism lawsuit on behalf of victims of terrorist attacks in Israel against Arab Bank, the largest bank in the Middle East. Based on evidence that Arab Bank transferred over $200 million from the Saudi Committee to Support the Al Aqsa/Al Quds Intifada to the families of suicide bombers and other terrorists from 2001 to 2004, and that it held accounts for senior Hamas leaders, the lawsuit alleges that Arab Bank “aided and abetted the perpetration of a systematic campaign of genocide, crimes against humanity, terrorism and financing terrorism which resulted in the murder and maiming of thousands of victims”.  On January 18, 2013, the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals denied Arab Bank's motion to dismiss and upheld the District Court's sanctions against Arab Bank for failure to produce requested bank documents. Claims on be half of plaintiffs under the Alien Tort Statute were dismissed and are on appeal.

 

II.

Lawsuit filed against:  Republic Sudan, Islamic Republic Iran and others


On behalf of: Over 400 victims of the Al Qaeda bombing attacks on the US Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on August 8, 1998


When filed:  August 2008


Where pending:  US Federal District Court, Washington, DC


Status of litigation: Defendants found liable; July 2014, Federal District Court in Washington, DC awarded the plaintiffs over $8 billion total in compensatory and punitive damages.  Efforts are now underway on behalf of the plaintiffs to collect the judgement.


Summary:  In August 2008, a lawsuit on behalf of victims of the Al Qaeda bombing attacks on the US Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on August 8, 1998, was filed against the Republic of Sudan, the Islamic Republic of Iran and others, for their complicity in the attacks. The attacks killed 224 people and injured over 4,500 – most of whom were local citizens who never received any compensation. The lawsuit alleges that Sudan, Iran and Hezbollah provided terrorism training and weapons to Al Qaeda, and assisted Al Qaeda in planning the attacks on the U.S. Embassies. The case was tried in the US Federal Court, Washington DC, and final judgment on liability was entered in favor of plaintiffs in November 2011. Further hearings are in progress to determine the damages to be awarded to over 400 plaintiffs.


 

III.

Demand for criminal investigation filed in Paris, France: Seeking investigation of the French companies who supplied Saddam with chemicals and equipment used in the production of the chemical weapons used against the Kurds in 1988


On behalf of:  20 representatives of the thousands of victims of the chemical attacks by Saddam Hussein on Iraqi Kurds in March 1988

Status:   On August 27, 2013, following the complaint filed under seal against “X” on June 10that the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris by 20 Kurdish victims, the Paris Prosecutor's office ordered a preliminary indictment requesting the opening of an investigation to determine the role and potential complicity of French persons or companies in the chemical weapons attacks on the town of Halabja, in Iraqi Kurdistan by Saddam Hussein's regime which caused more than 15,000 casualties including 5,000 killed on March 16th 1988.  An investigating judge has been appointed to investigate charges of complicity to [mass] murder, attempted murder and possession of monies obtained in a criminal enterprise.

Summary:  Global Justice Group has set up offices in Erbil and Halabja, in Iraqi Kurdistan, which have identified victims of the March 16, 1988 poison gas attacks carried out by Saddam Hussein’s regime as part of a genocidal attack against Kurdish civilians.  This attack killed or maimed tens of thousands of men, women and children.  Many of the victims are still suffering today from the injuries caused by the chemical weapons. Headed by Sami Jalal, GJG’s staff in Erbil is collecting testimony from survivors of the attack and documenting their injuries and the deaths of their family members in an effort to gather sufficient preliminary evidence for the initiation of a lawsuit on behalf of the victims against the international suppliers of the chemicals used in the attack for their complicity in the genocide.  

See:  The Untold Story: The Kurdish Genocide in Iraq -- International Conference, January 17, 2013, London, UK

Excerpts from remarks by Anne Dubitzky  read more



IV.

Lawsuit filed against: El Paso Energy Corp., Bayoil (USA) Inc. and other defendants ("Oil for Food Case")

On behalf of:  197 victims and families of victims of suicide bombing attacks in Israel in 2001–2003. 

When filed:  January 2009

Where pending:  US Federal District Court, Houston, Texas

Status of litigation:  In October 2015, the plaintiffs and two of the defendant oil companies entered into a settlement agreement favorable to the plaintiffs.

Summary:  In January 2009, a lawsuit was brought on behalf of victims of terrorist attacks in Israel that were orchestrated, directed, aided and supported by Saddam Hussein and his regime against several American and foreign oil companies and their directors/owners, including the El Paso Energy Corporation and Bayoil (USA) Inc. The lawsuit alleges that these companies knowingly aided and abetted the Saddam regime in carrying out these attacks by transferring over $60 million to Saddam Hussein, in violation of UN sanctions and US and international law. (Saddam publicly incited suicide bombing attacks in Israel and offered to pay the families of each suicide bomber $25,000.) These funds were then transferred to the Arab Liberation Front, a terrorist organization controlled and directed by Iraqi intelligence, which distributed these funds to the families of suicide bombers and other terrorists.

 

V.

Lawsuit filed against: Credit Lyonnais, SA

On behalf of: 123 American victims of terrorist attacks in Israel perpetrated by Hamas in 2003-2004

When filed:  February 2006

Where pending: US Federal Court, Eastern District of New York

Status of litigation:  Pre-trial discovery complete; motion for Summary Judgment pending

Summary:  This lawsuit was brought on behalf of American victims of terrorist attacks  in Israel perpetrated by Hamas.  The suits allege that Credit Lyonnais SA knowingly provided material support and financial services to an entity in France (CBSP - Comité de Bienfaisance et de Secours aux Palestiniens) which was designated by the United States, under Executive Order 13224, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. Despite the designation, Credit Lyonnais SA continued to provide banking services, including converting currencies to US dollars and easing transfer of funds to Hamas entities in Gaza and the West Bank, in violation of the US Anti Terrorist Act.

 

 VI.

Lawsuit filed against:  National Westminister Bank, Plc.

On behalf of:  104 American victims of terrorist attacks in Israel perpetrated by Hamas in 2002-2003

When filed:  September 2005

Where pending:  US Federal Court, Eastern District of New York

Status of litigation: Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the District Court's dismissal of the case on summary judgment.  The case will now return to the District Court for trial.

Summary:  This lawsuit on behalf of American victims of terrorist attacks in Israel perpetrated by Hamas alleges that National Westminster Bank knowingly provided material support and financial services to an entity in the UK (Interpal) which was designated by the United States, under Executive Order 13224, as Specially Designated Global Terrorist. Despite the designation, National Westminster Bank continued to provide banking services, including converting currencies to US dollars and easing transfer of funds to Hamas entities in Gaza and the West Bank, in violation of the US Anti-Terroist Act.