12/20/2013 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

New York – An appeals court has reinstated Saudi Arabia as a defendant in a lawsuit stemming from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the ruling Thursday claiming the country had provided support to al-Qaida prior to the attacks.

The panel deemed the reinstatement necessary to maintain consistency with a different 2nd Circuit panel’s ruling in allowing a lawsuit filed against Afghanistan and other defendants for the death of a victim of the attacks.

A determination was previously made by the 2nd Circuit and a lower court that Saudi Arabia was protected by sovereign immunity; however, the court cited a legal exception that would allow the country to remain a defendant.

Michael Kellogg, an attorney for Saudi Arabia, is quoted by the AP as stating, “It is extremely unfortunate and burdensome that a sovereign nation and ally of the United States will continue to have to litigate this matter more than 10 years after it was filed.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – New York Legal News

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