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9/11-Related Lawsuits Against Terrorists

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...more

Assassination and Apathy in Lebanon Serve as a Reminder

On December 27, 2013 the Prime Minister of Finance of Lebanon was assassinated. The explosion in the country’s capital, Beirut, left five dead and 50 wounded. Unfortunately, in Lebanon, this kind of event happens so...more

Yo-Ho-Ho and No Exclusion: Louisiana Federal Court Gives Insurer "No Quarter" and Refuses to Apply Terrorism Exclusion for Act of...

The federal district court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in Johnson v. PPI Technology Services, Inc. (Case No. 11-2773, Rec. Doc. 305 (E.D. La. Dec. 17, 2013)) has scuttled an insurer's attempt to avoid coverage for...more

Marriott to Face Trial in Maryland Over Terrorist Bombing in Pakistan

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a Maryland U.S. District Court decision to dismiss a wrongful death suit brought against Marriott International based on a terrorist bombing that occurred at a...more

Capital Thinking: International

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Budget and the Debt Ceiling Debate - With no congressional consensus on a bill to fund the U.S. federal government for FY 2014, on Tuesday, October 1, the U.S....more

A New Day: Public Safety Trumps Miranda Rights

On April 15, 2013 explosive devices planted along the route of the annual Boston Marathon killed three people and horribly injured scores more. Two brothers, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, became suspects in the horrific...more

Counterfeits Can Kill U.S. Troops. So Why Isn't Congress and DoD Doing More to Stop it?

Sometime in the not-to-distant future, a submarine will sink. An air defense missile will detonate far from its intended target. A Seahawk helicopter will intercept a suicide speed boat headed for an aircraft carrier only to...more

Ukraine introduces criminal liability of businesses

On 1 September 2014, criminal liability of legal entities will be introduced in Ukraine. The President of Ukraine signed a relevant law, under which amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine...more

REAL IDs - Are you prepared?

Effective January 15, 2013, the Iowa DOT began issuing REAL ID cards. The cards, which are a coordinated effort by the states and the federal government, were developed to improve the reliability and accuracy of state-issued...more

Why We Could Easily Have Another Flash Crash

Three years ago, on May 6, 2010, U.S. capital markets experienced the “flash crash,” when the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered a stunning 1,000-point loss (9 percent) in five minutes, followed by an equally dramatic...more

File Your Claim for WTC-Related Illness Now

If you or a loved one were present on a World Trade Center (WTC) crash or clean-up site after the 2001 terrorist attacks and suffered injury or subsequent illness, you may be eligible for compensation. With the filing...more

DHS Orders Verification of Foreign Student Visas in Wake of Boston Marathon Bombing

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has tightened its screening of international students by ordering border agents to verify the visa validity of F-1 and M-1 foreign students entering the United States. The new...more

United States of America v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Tsarnaev Criminal Complaint: Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction...

Criminal complaint filed on April 22, 2013, against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Charges include use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death....more

Claims Associated with Event Cancellation Insurance Resulting from a Terrorist Act May Involve Complex Coverage Issues

The bombings that occurred during the Boston Marathon, resulting in loss of life and numerous injuries, have been designated a terrorist act. The consequences of the bombings, as well as the ongoing investigation and...more

Terrorism Insurance Redux

Terrorism insurance has been boring for the past several years. It risks becoming not boring. In the lee of the terrorism attack of 9/11, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, or TRIA, was rapidly passed by the Congress and...more

Patton Boggs Reinsurance Newsletter- March 2013: English High Court Affirms Arbitration Award Finding That World Trade Center...

The English High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division (Commercial Court) has handed down a decision affirming an arbitral award holding that the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center arose out of two...more

N.Y. Anti-Terror Law Diminishes Pursuit of Terrorism: Lawyer  [Video]

Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Catherine Amirfar, litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, talks about recently obtaining a landmark victory on behalf of her client, Edgar Morales, in the first ever case of a gang member tried...more

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Rejects Aiding and Abetting Liability for Civil Damage Claims Under the...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion on February 14, 2013, holding that the civil liability provision of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1990, 18 U.S.C.§ 2333(a) (the “ATA”) does not permit...more

Twin Towers: Two Events, Two Occurrences under English law

In the recent case of Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Company Ltd v Heraldglen Ltd & Advent Capital (No 3) Ltd [2013] EWHC 154 (Comm), 8 February 2013, the English Commercial Court upheld an arbitration tribunal’s award that the...more

This Week in Washington - January 25, 2013

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Inauguration. After being officially sworn in to a second term at the White House on Sunday, January 20, as prescribed by law, President Barack Obama and Vice...more

This Week in Washington - January 18, 2013

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Debt Ceiling, Budget & the Economy. During a press conference on the debt ceiling at the White House on Monday, President Obama warned Republicans in Congress that...more

New Iran Sanctions Enacted

Satellite Export Controls Now Eligible to be Returned to Commerce Department Jurisdiction - On January 3, 2013, President Obama signed into law Public Law No. 112-239, the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of...more

This Week in Washington - October 26, 2012

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Budget, Sequestration, & the Economy. On Wednesday, the Commerce Department released a report showing that new home sales increased by 5.7 percent from August to...more

Abu Hamza's Lawyer: I'm Interested in Talking About a Plea Deal  [Video]

Jeremy Schneider, a lawyer appointed by a Manhattan federal judge to represent alleged al Qaeda member Abu Hamza, says he's interested in speaking to prosecutors about a plea deal. He declined to say whether his client would...more

Living under Drones: Death Injury and Trauma to Civilian From US Drone Practices in Pakistan

Following nine months of intensive research—including two investigations in Pakistan, more than 130 interviews with victims, witnesses, and experts, and review of thousands of pages of documentation and media reporting—this...more

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