More than 2,000 families of 9/11 terrorist attack victims are fighting back against terrorism — in the courtroom.
With President Obama gone and a new federal law in place, these families have filed civil lawsuits against Saudi Arabia, looking for restitution.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York on Monday on behalf of 850 people who died and 1,500 injured on Sept. 11, 2001.
The first 135 pages of the lawsuit list all the plaintiffs in the case — spouses, children, siblings, parents and representatives of those killed in the attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.
For years, relatives of many victims have wanted to bring suit against Saudi Arabia but federal law prevented them from doing so. The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), passed last year, eliminated that foreign protection.
Former President Barack Obama vetoed JASTA after it passed through Congress in September, but the House and Senate successfully voted to override. One of critics’ primary concerns for the law was that it could open the United States — particularly, taxpayers and military service members — to the same type of lawsuits if foreign nations adopt a similar law in response.
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