For 10 years, trial attorney Mark Werbner of Sayles Werbner made it his mission to hold Arab Bank responsible for providing financial support to groups designated by the United States as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, resulting in a landmark victory for nearly 300 American victims of terrorism and their families. Mr. Werbner will discuss his role in Linde, et al. v. Arab Bank PLC in a presentation titled, Fighting Terror-Financing in the Courtroom, on Jan. 11 during the State Bar of Texas Litigation Update Institute’s 34th annual course. In 2014, a jury in New York sided with Mr. Werbner, finding Jordan-based Arab Bank responsible for providing financial services to Hamas for 24 terror attacks during the Second Intifada in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The verdict was the culmination of a lawsuit filed in 2004. The case marked the first liability verdict against a foreign bank for violating the federal Anti-Terrorism Act.
So many families had lost loved ones and felt powerless to seek any kind of justice, said Mr. Werbner. There was so much violence that was occurring. And, I really felt this case was something that would make a difference, and it met my expectations in that regard.
The U.S. Supreme Court is currently reviewing Jesner v. Arab Bank, a related case that could clarify if corporations can be sued for international law violations under the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 (ATS).
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