Many leading corporations and financial institutions based in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East have been sued on allegations that they provided goods or services that in some manner benefited terrorists. Such suits are brought under many legal theories, but chiefly under the US Anti-Terrorism Act. Recently, these actions are on the rise.
Encouraging even more terrorism-related litigation, on September 28, 2016, Congress passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). Most people understand JASTA as legislation designed to allow US victims of the 9/11 attacks to bring civil lawsuits against Saudi Arabia based on allegations—which Saudi Arabia strenuously contests—that the Saudi government supported the 9/11 terrorists. But, in fact, JASTA’s impact is far broader. It expands the Anti-Terrorism Act by permitting claims for aiding and abetting and conspiracy in certain circumstances. JASTA also remains a point of contention in the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubier warned the World Economic Forum, at its annual meeting in Davos this month, that the United States is the nation with the most to lose as a result of JASTA’s dilution of sovereign immunities.
Join members of Mayer Brown’s Middle East and litigation groups for a webinar that will address:
- Which industries have been sued based on terror-related allegations, which are likely to be sued in the future, and why such suits are on the rise
- The legal landscape under the Anti-Terrorism Act
- The new conspiracy and aiding and abetting provisions in JASTA and the risks they pose for domestic and international corporations
- Practical suggestions for minimizing those risks
- Concerns about JASTA and how the Trump administration and Congress may respond
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