Mark Werbner Discusses Arab Bank Case in The New York Times
NEW YORK – Trial attorney Mark S. Werbner of Dallas’ Sayles Werbner recently was interviewed by The New York Times regarding the ongoing federal lawsuit against Arab Bank over terrorism funding. Werbner represents hundreds of U.S. victims of international terror attacks who are asking a New York federal court to hold Arab Bank responsible for its alleged role in providing cash payments to the families of suicide bombers.
Now, the Arab Bank is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an earlier trial court ruling that trial jurors will be allowed to infer that the Jordan-based bank willfully and knowingly assisted Foreign Terrorist Organizations by processing and distributing payments to terrorists on behalf of the Saudi Committee to Support the Intifada
In the article “Terror Suit Against Jordanian Bank Tests U.S. Diplomacy and Secrecy Laws,” Werbner tells The New York Times that the nation’s highest court should decline to hear Arab Bank’s appeal.
“It would not be appropriate for the U.S. government to intervene,” Werbner told the newspaper. “We think the court system has addressed the bank’s concerns and followed the law in recognizing the rights of American victims trump foreign countries’ laws that hide bank records.”
Last January, Werbner helped win a key appeals court ruling that affirmed the trial court sanctions against Arab Bank, which were imposed as a result of the bank’s refusal to comply with a court order to produce certain banking records. Six months later, Werbner prevailed again when the trial court ordered Arab Bank to pay $1.3 million in attorneys’ fees to Sayles Werbner and other law firms representing terrorism victims and their families.
The lawsuit, Linde, et al. v. Arab Bank PLC, No. 1:04-cv-02799, is set for trial in August in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Sayles Werbner has an international reputation as a “go to” trial law firm in multifaceted business litigation, intellectual property, patent litigation, life-altering personal injury cases, product safety lawsuits and other areas of the law.