Tuesday, July 13, 2004

PA hit with $116 Million Dollar Judgment

The US District Court for the state of Rhode Island just came down with a ruling in Estate of Ungar ex rel. Strachman v. Palestinean Authority. Finding the PA and PLO default, they ordered a $116 million dollar judgment to the estate and heirs of Mr. Ungar, an American citizen who was killed in a suicide bombing in Israel. A nice counterpoint to the ICJ ruling, I think.

Relevant Case Code is Title 18 USC Part I Chapter 113b Sec. 2333(a):
Any national of the United States injured in his or her person, property, or business by reason of an act of international terrorism, or his or her estate, survivors, or heirs, may sue therefor in any appropriate district court of the United States and shall recover threefold the damages he or she sustains and the cost of the suit, including attorney's fees.

The full opinion can be found here, though its virtually all about jurisdiction.

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