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IPFS News Link • 911 / World Trade Center

Lawyers Scramble to Sue Saudis Over 9/11 Before Congress Undoes Its Action

•, by Jason Ditz

In the wake of Wednesday's high-profile veto override votes in the House and Senate, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) became law, and with it, victims of 9/11 and their families gained the right to sue Saudi Arabia in US courts over their involvement in the lead-up to the attack.

Lawyers are scrambling to quickly file such suits today, and with good reason: Congressional leaders are already openly promising to totally revise JASTA, likely dramatically watering it down in such a way as to placate Saudi Arabia, which has been livid over the matter.

At least one bill was already filed today, in Washington D.C. by the widow of a Navy officer killed in the attack on the Pentagon. Other suits were in the process of being filed elsewhere, with an attorney from a New York firm predicting "the biggest docket of any piece of litigation in US or world history."