October 8, 2012

Federal judge awards $6B in punitive damages for 9/11attacks

The Globe and Mail of Toronto reports that U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York has awarded $6 billion in punitive damages against Iran, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and the Taliban, to punish the defendants for their involvement in the 9/11 attacks.

According to the story, the court blamed Iran partly because the hijackers passed through Iran on their way to the U.S.  I'm not quite sure how that supports liability against Iran, but it hardly matters.  As the reporter observed, the award is largely symbolic and "unlikely to be recovered." It's no more collectible than any of the other gigantic punitive damages awards that the federal courts have issued against Iran in recent years.

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