Terrorism Victims in Arab Bank Case Win $1.3 Million in Attorneys’ Fees
Sayles Werbner helps victims win key ruling in terrorism funding lawsuit
NEW YORK – A group of terrorism victims represented by Dallas-based Sayles Werbner and other law firms recently won an important sanctions ruling in the long-running federal lawsuit in New York that accuses Arab Bank of helping fund terrorist attacks in Israel.
In the ruling issued June 17, 2013, Judge Nina Gershon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York is allowing Arab Bank 45 days to pay $1.3 million in attorneys’ fees to Sayles Werbner and the other law firms that represent the terrorism victims.
The court awarded the fees after finding that Arab Bank caused extensive delays and wasted resources by failing to provide internal documents that were required under the court’s rules of discovery. The judge also found that bank officials refused to answer material questions during case depositions.
Sayles Werbner co-founder Mark Werbner is lead counsel for many of the terrorism victims and their families, who are suing for deaths and injuries caused by terrorism attacks in Israel between 2001 and 2004. The lawsuit says Arab Bank willingly helped known terrorists by providing financial services to terrorism groups and the families of suicide bombers. Sayles Werbner’s clients and the other victims are suing for more than $1 billion.
“The bank’s intransigence caused this million-dollar expense, and I expect they will see millions more awarded against them at trial,” says Werbner.
Since the lawsuit was filed in 2004 under the Anti-Terrorism Act, Sayles Werbner has helped win several crucial pretrial rulings for the firm’s clients, including a 2010 sanctions order that will allow trial jurors to be instructed that that they can infer that Arab Bank knowingly provided services to foreign terrorist organizations. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld Judge Gershon’s imposition of sanctions in January 2013.
In addition to Sayles Werbner, the terrorism victims are represented by the law firms Heideman Nudelman & Kalik PC; Kohn Swift & Graf PC; Motley Rice LLC; Osen LLC; Stone Bonner & Rocco LLP; Stone & Magnanini LLP; Turner & Associates PA; and Zuckerman Spaeder LLP.
The case is Linde, et al. v. Arab Bank PLC, No. 1:04-cv-02799, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
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