New York Lawsuits Seek Damages From Iran For Terror Acts

NEW YORK – (AP) Families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and a 1983 bombing of U.S. Marines in Lebanon are seeking to hold Iran accountable in separate legal actions. A lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Manhattan seeks to enforce a $2.6 billion judgment against the...

Judge To Hear Plan To Pay $657 Million To WTC Responders

NEW YORK – (AP) Thousands of ground zero workers who claim to have been sickened by dust and debris from the World Trade Center will have 90 days to decide whether to accept a settlement worth up to $657.5 million. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who must approve the deal, scheduled...

N.Y. Judge: CIA Can Keep Secrets Despite ACLU Demand

NEW YORK – (AP) A judge for a second time has denied efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union to force the CIA to release names and documents relating to Sept. 11 detainees who were interrogated harshly. Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein listened to lawyers for the ACLU and the government for more...

Conflict Seen Between 2 Deals For 9/11 Responders

NEW YORK - (AP) Thousands of 9/11 rescue and recovery workers suing New York City over their exposure to clouds of pulverized glass and cement at the World Trade Center site may have a tough choice between two deals in the weeks ahead. Do they take a share of a new settlement. . . . Full version available...

N.Y. Judge: New 9/11 Health Pact 'Very Good Deal'

NEW YORK - (AP) A federal judge who held up an effort to settle thousands of lawsuits filed by 9/11 responders exposed to World Trade Center dust dropped his opposition Thursday after the deal was redrafted to give more money to sick workers and less to their lawyers. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein...

California Judge Weighs Former FBI Informant's Lawsuit

SANTA ANA, Calif. - (AP) A former FBI informant who infiltrated a mosque and helped bring in a counterterrorism suspect suffered a blow in trying to sue his former handlers over his alleged mistreatment when the agency cut him loose. A federal judge issued tentative rulings Thursday against Craig Monteilh...

ACLU Sues Over Man's Detention In United Arab Emirates

LOS ANGELES - (AP) American Civil Liberties Union lawyers filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the FBI, CIA and other federal intelligence agencies, accusing them of detaining and torturing an American citizen later convicted on terrorism charges in the United Arab Emirates. The lawsuit filed by the ACLU...

Appeals Court Lets Government Halt Torture Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A sharply divided federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit challenging a controversial post-Sept. 11 CIA program that flew terrorism suspects to secret prisons. The complaint was filed by five terrorism suspects who were arrested shortly after 9/11 and say they were...

WH: Lawsuit For Cleric Would Reveal State Secrets

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Obama administration on Saturday invoked the state secrets privilege which would kill a lawsuit on behalf of U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an alleged terrorist said to be targeted for death or capture under a U.S. government program. Believed to be hiding in Yemen, al...

Court Asked, Can Ashcroft Be Sued For 9/11 Policy?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Abdullah al-Kidd had an all-American background: Kansas native, then a football star in college. That's when he converted to Islam. John Ashcroft was the attorney general who approved a policy that led to the arrests of al-Kidd and dozens of others without evidence of crimes...

Hearing Over Tennessee Mosque Puts Islam On Trial

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - (AP) Islam is suddenly on trial in a booming Nashville suburb, where opponents of a new mosque have spent six days in court trying to link it to what they claim is a conspiracy to take over America by imposing restrictive religious rule. The hearing is supposed to be about. . ....

Lawsuit Over Hamas Slayings Lingers In Rhode Island Court

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - (AP) A long and tortuous legal wrangle that brought the fallout of Mideast terrorism to U.S. courts, culminating in a $116 million default judgment against the Palestinian Authority, may be moving toward resolution. It's been nearly 15 years since a machine-gun attack by Hamas...

Ex-Terrorism Prosecutor Loses Lawsuit Over Story

DETROIT - (AP) A judge dismissed a lawsuit Thursday by a former terrorism prosecutor who accused the U.S. Justice Department of violating privacy law by leaking details of an ethics investigation to the Detroit Free Press. Richard Convertino cannot show that the government acted willfully and illegally...

Supreme Court Won't Revive Torture Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court on Monday refused to revive a lawsuit challenging a controversial post-Sept. 11 CIA program that flew terrorism suspects to secret prisons. The appeal asked the court to examine two controversial aspects of the U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks, "the extraordinary...

'Queen Of Torts' Named Ground Zero Fund Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A prominent New York attorney known as the "Queen of Torts" for her courtroom defense of some of the country's top companies is tackling a vastly different job running the $2.78 billion fund to compensate ground zero workers and others who say they were sickened...

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Saudi Arabia’s Appeal Disputing Reopening Of 9/11 Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 30 refused to hear the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s appeal of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ finding that a lower federal court erred in denying insurers’ motion to reopen a judgment that dismissed sovereign...