Search Site
Menu
FREE CASE EVALUATION 888-351-9421
Saudi Arabia Claims No Evidence It Aided 9/11 Plot: Moves to Dismiss JASTA Lawsuit

I am writing to update you on the latest news regarding the lawsuit against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Last week, the Federal court heard arguments on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s motion to dismiss our case.

Judge Daniels and Magistrate Judge Netburn presided over the hearing. Co-counsel Steve Pounian of Kreindler & Kreindler, and Sean Carter who represents others in a consolidated action, argued for the plaintiffs.

Both the large ceremonial courtroom where arguments were held and the two overflow courtrooms were filled to capacity.

The Kingdom argued that despite the Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), our case should be dismissed.

It relied heavily on one conclusion in the 2004 9/11 Commission Report that found “no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi officials individually funded Al Qaeda”.

Judge Daniels acknowledged that the 9/11 Commission report’s finding of “no evidence” did not by itself warrant dismissal of the plaintiff’s’ case, but he pressed plaintiff’s counsel about what evidence does exist to establish that the Kingdom bears responsibility for the 9/11 attacks.

Steve Pounian spent almost an hour walking the Court through the complicated facts regarding exactly how various Saudi officials helped the hijackers and funded Al Qaeda.

He argued that it was premature to dismiss the case. He told the Court about new evidence that was not before the Commission in 2004.

He convincingly demonstrated why the Kingdom should not be let out of the case at this early stage, and asked the Court to require the Kingdom to produce documents and witnesses relevant to the issues in the case—something it clearly doesn’t want to do.

The Court appeared receptive to our arguments.

The Court reserved its judgment and it may be some time before we receive a ruling so please don’t expect any more news for several months.

We will let you know as soon as the Judge makes a decision.

You can read an article describing the Court hearing by clicking here.

Respectfully,
Michael Barasch

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Compensation available to residents and office workers, teachers and students – not just responders and volunteers
Deadline Extended To Register Claims Must file within 2 years from the date your cancer was linked to WTC toxic dust
Our Attorneys
Testimonials
  • "Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson handled everything professionally and with patience. They always had time to answer all my questions and did what they promised. Thanks esp to Brian Calamaris Lee London, and Mariya Atanasova. Thank you." - William Collins, FDNY

  • "If I could give them six stars I would...don't even bother talking to anyone else concerning 9/11. The whole team worked night and day to deliver an outstanding settlement. They are honest, hard working and extremely professional. Just make the one phone call and let them do the rest." - Les Margulis, resident in the exposure zone

  • "I had a very good experience with Michael and Mariya. They made the process stress free. I would recommend this firm to anyone seeking assistance with 9/11 related illnesses." - JE Kirwan, worked in the exposure zone

  • "The people at this firm were just great. They were concern with making sure I was taken care of in every way possible. When I was given an award Mr. Barasch didn't think it was a fair amount and appealed the decision which got me a larger award. I am very satisfied with everything they did for me in the past and are willing to do for me and my family in the future." - Bob Wiecezak, FDNY-Retired

  • "Excellent law firm. Lee London and his staff were very responsive and always followed up with phone calls or emails. This firm is a strong example of what caring and personable lawyers are all about." - Letitia Egan, wife of client, volunteer in the exposure zone

  • Barasch & McGarry Personal Injury Websites

    • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation


      There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program — or any other governmental agency. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.

      For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.

      Register For Compensation

    Please help spread the word about the strict two-year deadline to register a claim

    Many people have tried to complete the VCF application on their own, only to learn that it requires answers to hundreds of questions and many documents to download. It would be our pleasure to help you complete the process in order to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Please call us for a free consultation.

    Let a knowledgeable attorney help you figure it out

    A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. You undoubtedly have questions about your disease and how you will pay for treatment. Lawyers at Barasch & McGarry ensure you understand the complex requirements and help devise the best strategies for obtaining compensation and appropriate medical care under the Zadroga Act. Contact our law firm online or call 888-351-9421. The initial consultation is free, so it costs you nothing to find out whether a lawyer can help.
    Contact Us

    Fill out the form below with any questions or info on how to get your free consultation

    Quick Contact Form