A federal magistrate judge has determined that Iran, Hezbollah, al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, and the Taliban should pay the families of 9/11 victims over six billion dollars in damages for the injuries suffered during the September 11, 2001 attacks. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit received a default judgment against the defendants on December 22, 2011. The damage award is largely symbolic, however, since it will be nearly impossible to recover any funds from the defendants.
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court's denial of
Afghanistan's motion to dismiss a complaint brought by the husband of a
victim of the September 11th attacks. The court found that the
plaintiff's suit was properly considered under the noncommercial tort
exception to foreign sovereign immunity, but remanded the case back to
the lower court to resolve factual issues concerning Afghanistan's
involvement with the 9/11 attacks.
The United States has charged two Iranian citizens with plotting the
assassination of the Saudi ambassador to the United States. In
addition, the US government alleges that elements of the Iranian
government directed the plot, which involved a planned explosive attack
on the ambassador while in the territory of the United States.
Ten members of the United States House of Representatives have filed a
lawsuit against President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert
Gates seeking to end the United States' involvement in the Libya
conflict. The Representatives argue in the complaint that the US
participation in the Libya campaign violates the US Constitution, the
War Powers Act and the North Atlantic Treaty.