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Legislation Introduced To Allow US Citizens To Sue Saudi Arabia Over 9/11 Attacks | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

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Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner

The Philadelphia Inquirer (7/15, Mondics) reports, “Sharpening his tone on long-standing allegations that Saudi Arabia helped fund the 9/11 attacks, Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.) said Wednesday that he would press for enactment of legislation to make it easier for US citizens to sue the kingdom for damages.” Specter “made his remarks after a Senate subcommittee hearing on legislation that would expand the circumstances under which US citizens could sue foreign governments accused of supporting terrorists.” The bill “would effectively overturn a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 2008 that dismissed Saudi Arabia and senior members of the Saudi royal family as defendants in a lawsuit alleging that they had responsibility for the attacks.”

Following the September 11 attacks, trial lawyers throughout the country, established a team of lawyers who represented the victims at no charge.  The effort was called “Trial Lawyers Care” and it was organized through the American Association for Jusice (formerly the Asociation of Trial Lawyers of America).  I had the grat honor of representing a family of a woman who died at the World Trade Center.  It was an extremely emotional case for me, one I will never forget.

Creatign legislation that would allow victims of terrorist attacks to seek and obtain justice against countries found to ave coordinated terrorist attacks is appropriate and needed.  All those, including governments, involved in such cowardly acts should be held accountable.

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Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile collisions, medical malpractice, premises liability, product liability, and workers’-compensation claims. Mr. Zambri has also been named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2010)–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.

If you have any questions about your legal rights, please email Mr. Zambri at [email protected] or call him at 202-822-1899.

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