Weiss v. National Westminster Bank PLC (cert. pending, U.S. Supreme Court, 2021)

Federalism

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Federalism

In this case brought by families of dozens of American victims of Hamas terrorist attacks, the U.S. Court of Appeals granted summary judgment in favor of a British-based bank that provides banking services to a company, Interpal, that has been designated as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” (SDGT) by the U.S. Treasury Department. The issue is whether a bank that is “generally aware” of Interpal’s connection to Hamas can be held liable under U.S. anti-terrorism laws for aiding and abetting terrorist activity. The coalition brief ADL joined asks the Supreme Court to grant certiorari and allow the families to amend their complaint so that a jury can consider the bank’s potential liability.