Do not miss a fascinating June 24 article in the New York Times regarding the tort litigation seeking damages from the Saudi royal family for the 9/11 attacks, and make sure to click back through the prior articles and briefs linked to in the past articles. One issue of course is sovereign immunity. Another issue is secrecy – the article quotes from documents said to help prove the claim that some members of the royal family provided financial support to groups said to be linked to terrorists. So far, the immunity defense is prevailing. There also is an ongoing battle about whether the documents can be made public since they were apparently leaked to one of the plaintiff’s firms, the Motley Rice firm of asbestos and tobacco fame.
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