Thursday, April 13, 2017
Victims ASk Reinstatement of $650M Terror Verdict vs PLO // Journal
Big Law Bench Runs Deep in $655M Terror Case at High Court | National Law Journal
by Marcia Coyle
Thirteen years after suing the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority—and winning a $655 million jury award in 2015—the American victims and estates of victims of a series of bombings and shootings in Israel are asking the justices to overturn a federal appeals court decision that jettisoned them out of court.
In Sokolow v. Palestine Liberation Organization & Palestinian Authority, the victims—members of 11 American families—bring to the high court a bevy of big-name lawyers and substantial friend-of-the-court support. The case could present a delicate foreign policy question for the Trump administration.***
The Second Circuit said there was no general personal jurisdiction over the PLO and Palestinian Authority because, despite having an office in Washington, they were not "at home" in the United States—the Supreme Court's test for personal jurisdiction.