Filing a 9/11-related lawsuit against a terrorist organization may seem like a vain effort. But such litigation may in fact be an important part of our national healing process. Since those tragic events more than 12 years ago, several civil lawsuits have been initiated against terrorist organizations as well as banks suspected of providing funding and other financial services to terrorist organizations.
Soon after September 11, 2001, a number of survivors and their families came together to use the legal process to strike back at those who perpetrated or facilitated the attacks. The suits include:
- Aston v. Al Qaeda Islamic Army
- Burnett v. Al Baraka Inv. & Dev. Corp.
- Continental Cas. Co. v. Al Qaeda Islamic Army
- Federal Ins. Co. v. Al Qaeda Islamic Army
- Euro Brokers, Inc. v. Al Baraka Inv. & Dev. Corp.
- Estate of O’Neill v. Republic of Iraq
These and other cases have been consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York as In re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001. U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels presides over this multidistrict litigation. The action has yielded some landmark rulings, including a December 2011 finding by Judge Daniels that the Islamic Republic of Iran was legally culpable for the attacks.