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Justices Likely to Revive $4.3 Billion Award for Terror Attacks

Feb. 24, 2020, 6:53 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court seems likely to revive a $4.3 billion punitive damage award against Sudan for providing a haven to al Qaeda while it planned deadly bombings of U.S. embassies in 1998.

The court has said that Congress must clearly state its intention to apply punitive damages retroactively. But White & Case partner Christopher Curran, representing Sudan at oral arguments Monday, had a difficult time convincing the justices that lawmakers hadn’t done enough to allow for the damages.

The terror attacks of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed more than 200 people and injured more than 1,000.

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