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Terrorism Litigation: Cases and Materials, Second Edition PDF eBook

Terrorism Litigation: Cases and Materials, Second Edition PDF eBook

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  • Author: David J. Strachman
  • ISBN 10: 1936360101
  • ISBN 13: 978-1936360109
  • Copyright Date Ed:  August 1, 2012
  • Pages: 628 pages
  • PDF eBook

Terrorism law is an emerging field which has brought the “war on terrorism” into the courtroom. This new area of law has several unique features and has attracted widespread attention from academia, the media, the bar, and public interest groups. This new second edition is designed to fill the lack of references available for law professors, practitioners, political scientists and students.

Terrorism Litigation, Second Edition, focuses on the law and practice of litigating claims of victims of international terrorism. Author David J. Strachman discusses the major landmark cases which involve the attempts of American victims to obtain justice through the U.S. legal system. It explains applicable federal statutes including the Alien Tort Claims Act of 1789, the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1990 (“the Klinghoffer Act”), the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the Flatow Amendment, Terrorism Risk Insurance Act and others. Strachman demonstrates the many differences between civil terrorism litigation, in which virtually all defendants are either rogue state sponsors of terrorism or designated terrorist organizations, and more common tort litigation which typically attempts to balance the conflicting claims of litigants.

This comprehensive text includes chapters on sovereign immunity, damages, subject matter and personal jurisdiction, policy concerns, the role of the U.S. government in terrorism cases, proving liability, defenses, financial support cases, satisfying terrorism judgments, discovery and practical concerns. It also includes a brand new chapter on the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008.

This book is an essential reference for lawyers, law professors, political scientists and students. It also serves as a complete text for law school and undergraduate courses in terrorism law.

Topics Include:

  • Historical attempts to bring terrorists to justice
  • Alien Tort Claims Act of 1789
  • Obtaining government information
  • Maritime jurisdiction
  • Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act
  • Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
  • Flatow Amendment
  • Klinghoffer Act
  • Torture Victim Protection Act
  • Terrorism Risk Insurance Act
  • Algiers Accord
  • Acts of war
  • Personal jurisdiction: states and non-states
  • Plaintiffs
  • Punitive damages
  • ”Standard” terrorism damages
  • Role of the U.S. government
  • Payment of judgments
  • Standard of proof
  • Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Historical Attempts to Bring Terrorists to Justice
    1.1 Alien Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C. §1350
    A. Text of Act
    B. Filartiga v. Pena-Irala, 630 F.2d 876 (2d Cir. 1980)
    C. Tel-Oren v. Libyan Arab Republic, 726 F.2d (D.C. Cir. 1984)
    1.2 Charter of the United Nations
    A. Smith v. Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, 886 F.Supp. 306 (E.D.N.Y. 1995)
    1.3 Maritime Jurisdiction
    A. Klinghoffer v. SNC Achille Lauro, 937 F.2d 44 (2d Cir. 1991)
    1.4 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act—Commercial Exception
    A. Cicippio v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 30 F.3d (D.C. Cir. 1994)

  • Chapter 2: Statutory Remedies for Victims of Terrorism
    2.1 The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, 28 U.S.C. §1605(a)(7)(Subsection (a)(7) was Repealed in 2008)
    2.2 The Flatow Amendment, 28 U.S.C. §1605 Note (Repealed in 2008)
    2.3 The Klinghoffer Act, 18 U.S.C. §2331 et seq.
    2.4 The Torture Victim Protection Act, 28 U.S.C. §1350 note
    2.5 28 U.S.C. §1605A National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008

    Chapter 3: Subject Matter Jurisdiction
    3.1 Tate Letter, 24 Dep’t of State Bull. 984-985 (1952)
    3.2 State Department Designation of State Sponsors of Terrorism
    A. Export Administration Act, 50 U.S.C. §2405(j)
    B. Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, 22 U.S.C. §2371
    C. Daliberti v. Republic of Iraq, 97 F.Supp.2d 38 (D. D.C. 2000)
    3.3 Flatow v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 999 F.Supp. 1 (D. D.C. 1998)
    3.4 Libyan Claims Resolution Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1605A
    3.5 Executive Order No. 13477, October 31, 2008, 73 F.R. 65965

    Chapter 4: Defenses
    4.1 Justiciability
    A. Baker v. Carr, 369 U.S. 186, 82 S.Ct. 691, 7 L.Ed.2d 663 (1962)
    4.2 Sovereign Immunity
    A. Klinghoffer v. S.N.C. Achille Lauro, 937 F.2d (2d Cir. 1991)
    4.3 Act of War
    A. Biton v. Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority, 412 F.Supp.2d 1 (D.D.C. 2005)

    Chapter 5: Personal Jurisdiction
    5.1 States
    A. Mwani v. bin Laden, 417 F.3d 1 (D.C. Cir. 2005)
    5.2 Non-States
    A. Biton v. Palestinian Authority, 310 F.Supp.2d (D. D.C. 2004)
    B. Ungar v. Palestinian Authority, 153 F.Supp.2d (D. R.I. 2001)

    Chapter 6: Cause of Action Controversy
    6.1 Price v. Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, 294 F.3d 82 (D.C. Cir. 2002)
    6.2 Acree v. Republic of Iraq, 370 F.3d 41 (D.C. Cir. 2004)

    Chapter 7: National Defense Authorization Act of 2008
    7.1 In re Islamic Republic of Iran Terrorism Litigation,  659 F.Supp.2d 31, 59 -62 (D.D.C. 2009)
    7.2 Baumel v. Syrian Arab Republic,  667 F.Supp.2d 39 (D.D.C. 2009)
    7.3 Hegna v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 769 F.Supp.2d 657 (S.D.N.Y. 2011)

    Chapter 8: Causation
    8.1 Boim v. Quranic Literacy Institute and Holy Land Foundation, 291 F.3d 1000 (7th Cir. 2002)
    8.2 Kilburn v. Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, 376 F.3d 1123 (D.C. Cir. 2004)
    8.3 Heiser v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 466 F.Supp.2d 229 (D. D.C. 2006)
    8.4 Abecassis v. Wyatt,  704 F.Supp.2d 623 (S.D.Tex. 2010)

    Chapter 9: Plaintiffs
    9.1 Victims
    A. Cicippio v. Islamic Republic of Iran, F.Supp.2d 62 (D. D.C. 1998)
    9.2 Family Members
    A. Bettis v. Islamic Republic of Iran, F.3d 325 (D.C. Cir. 2003)
    B. Estate of Heiser v. Islamic Republic of Iran,  F.Supp.2d 20 (D.D.C. 2009)
    9.3 Relatives of Non-Americans
    A. Biton v. Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority, 310 F.Supp.2d 172 (D. D.C. 2004)

    Chapter 10: Damages
    10.1 Solatium
    A. Flatow v. Islamic Republic of Iran, F.Supp. 1 (D. D.C. 1998)
    10.2 Damages Under 18 U.S.C. §2333
    A. Ungar v. Palestinian Authority, F.Supp.2d 232 (D. R.I. 2004)
    10.3 Punitive Damages
    A. Flatow v. Islamic Republic of Iran, F.Supp. 1 (D. D.C. 1998)
    B. Valore v. Islamic Republic of Iran,  F.Supp.2d 52, 88 -90 (D.D.C. 2010)
    10.4 “Standard” Terrorism Damages
    A. Jenco v. Islamic Republic of Iran, F.Supp.2d 27 (D. D.C. 2001)
    10.5 Property Damage Claims
    A. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London v. Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,  811 F.Supp.2d 53 (D.D.C. 2011)
    10.6 Pre-Judgment Interest
    A. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London v. Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,  811 F.Supp.2d 53 (D.D.C. 2011)
    B. Estates of Ungar v. Palestinian Authority, F.Supp.2d 232 (D.R.I. 2004)

    Chapter 11: Financial Support Cases
    11.1 Burnett v. Al Baraka Investment & Development Corp., 292 F.Supp.2d 9 (D. D.C. 2003)
    11.2 Linde v. Arab Bank, 384 F.Supp.2d 571 (E.D.N.Y. 2005)
    11.3 Strauss v. Credit Lyonnais, S.A., 2007 WL 2296832 (E.D.N.Y. 2007)

    Chapter 12: Role of the U.S. Government
    12.1 Right to Block Suits, 18 U.S.C. 2336 (c)
    12.2 Statement of Interest, 28 U.S.C. §517
    12.3 National Security and Executive Orders
    A. Smith v. Federal Reserve Bank of New York, F.3d 264 (2nd Cir. 2003)
    12.4 Payment of Judgments
    A. Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Pub. L. No. 106-386 §2002, 114 Stat. 1543 (2000)
    12.5 Treaty Obligations
    A. Roeder v. Islamic Republic of Iran, F.3d 228 (D.C. Cir. 2003)
    12.6 Shielding Terrorist States from Victims’ Claims
    A. Libyan Claims Resolution Act, U.S.C. § 1605A Note
    B. Executive Order No. 13477, October 31, 2008, 73 F.R. 65965
    C. Presidential Determination No. 2008-9, Jan. 28, 2008, 73 F.R. 6571
    D. Harris v. Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,  620 F.Supp.2d 1 (D.D.C. 2009)
    12.7 Procedural Impediments
    A. Murphy v. Islamic Republic of Iran,  F.Supp.2d 70 (D.D.C. 2011)

    Chapter 13: Proving the Case
    13.1 Standard of Proof
    13.2 Liability
    A. Ungar v. Islamic Republic of Iran,  F.Supp.2d 91 (D.D.C.2002)
    13.3 Damages
    A. Hill v. Republic of Iraq, 328 F.3d 680 (D.C.Cir. 2003)
    13.4 Obtaining Information from the Government
    A. Burnett v. Al Baraka Inv. & Development Corp., 323 F.Supp.2d 82 (D. D.C. 2004)
    13.5 Jurisdictional Discovery in §1605(a)(7) Cases
    A. Wyatt v. Syrian Arab Republic, F.Supp.2d 103 (D. D.C. 2005)
    13.6 Collateral Estoppel
    A. Klieman v. Palestinian Authority, F.Supp.2d 153 (D. D.C. 2006)

    Chapter 14: Collection Issues
    14.1 Execution
    14.2 Terrorism Risk Insurance Act §201
    A. Weinstein v. Islamic Republic of Iran, F.Supp.2d 53 (D.D.C. 2003)
    B. Weinstein v. Islamic Republic of Iran,  F.Supp.2d 272 (E.D.N.Y. 2009)
    C. Ministry of Defense and Support for Armed Forces of Islamic Republic of Iran v. Cubic Defense Systems, 385 F.3d 1206 (9th Cir. 2004)
    14.3 Immunity from Attachment
    A. Rubin v. The Islamic Republic of Iran,  F.3d 783 (7th Cir. 2011)
    14.4 Lis Pendens
    A. Heiser v. Islamic Republic of Iran,  F.Supp.2d 248 (D.D.C. 2009)
    14.5 Have Victims Won Only Pyrrhic Victories?
    A. In re Islamic Republic of Iran Terrorism Litigation,  659 F.Supp.2d 31 (D.D.C. 2009)

    Appendix A: Statutes
    1. Alien Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C. §1350
    2. Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, 28 U.S.C. §1602 et seq.
    3. Flatow Amendment 28 U.S.C. §1605 note (Repealed in 2008)
    4. National Defense Authorization Act, 28 U.S.C. §1605A (Terrorism Exception to FSIA)
    5. Klinghoffer Act, 18 U.S.C. §2331 et seq.
    6. Torture Victim Protection Act, 28 U.S.C. §1350
    7. State Department Designation of State Sponsors of Terrorism
    8. Export Administration Act, 50 App. U.S.C. §2405(j)
    9. Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, 22 U.S.C. §2371
    10. Designation of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, 8 U.S.C. §1189
    11. Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Pub. L. No. 106-386, §2002, 114 Stat. 1464 (2000).
    12. Hague Convention on Service Overseas
    13. Interests of United States in Pending Suits, 28 U.S.C. §517
    14. Libyan Claims Resolution Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1605A Note
    15. Executive Order No. 13477, October 31, 2008, 73 F.R. 65965
    16. Presidential Determination NO. 2008-9, Jan. 28, 2008, 73 F.R. 6571
    17. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 69
    18. Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1610

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