Originally posted on CBS New York:
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Five relatives of Osama bin Laden and a construction company started by the father of the al Qaeda founder cannot be held liable for the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal appeals court said Tuesday, upholding the findings of a lower-court judge.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reached the conclusion as it reinstated claims against 12 other defendants accused of enabling organizations set up as charities to support al Qaeda, saying evidence may be found to show they provided material support to al Qaeda.
The rulings stem from lawsuits brought against several hundred defendants by more than 3,000 survivors of the attacks, relatives, victims’ representatives and insurance carriers. Among defendants were al Qaeda, its members and associates, along with charities, banks, front organizations, terrorist organizations and financiers.
Attorney Don Migliori said plaintiffs were pleased that claims will proceed against 12 defendants but were “very disappointed…
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