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In Re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001, 06-0319

In tort actions brought by persons who incurred losses in September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, dismissal of claims against certain Saudi Arabian defendants for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and personal jurisdiction is affirmed where: 1) the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) grants immunity to individual officials of a foreign government for their official-capacity acts, and thus four Saudi princes were entitled to immunity; 2) the district court properly concluded that a Saudi High Commission was an "agency or instrumentality" of the Kingdom and therefore entitled to immunity under the FSIA; 3) none of the exceptions to the FSIA applied; and 4) plaintiffs did not establish a prima facie case that the district court had jurisdiction over defendants.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/14/2008
  • Published 08/14/2008


  • DENNIS JACOBS, Chief Judge:, Before JACOBS, Chief Judge, CABRANES, Circuit Judge, VITALIANO, District Judge.


  • United States Second Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • James P. Kreindler, Kreindler & Kreindler LLP, New York, N.Y. (Mark S. Moller, Justin T. Green, Blanca I. Rodriguez, Andrew J. Maloney, III, of counsel, Vincent I. Parrett, on the brief), for the Ashton Plaintiffs-Appellants., Stephen A. Cozen, Cozen O'Connor, Philadelphia, PA (Elliott R. Feldman, Sean P. Carter, of counsel, Stephen B. Burbank, Philadelphia, PA, on the brief), for Plaintiffs-Appellants Federal Insurance Company, Pacific Employers Insurance Company and Vigilant Insurance Company., Andrea Bierstein, Hanly Conroy Bierstein Sheridan Fisher & Hayes LLP, New York, N.Y. (Ronald L. Motley, Jodi W. Flowers, Michael Elsner, Justin B. Kaplan, Motley Rice LLC, Mt. Pleasant, SC, of counsel, Paul Hanly, Jr., Jayne Conroy, Hanly Conroy Bierstein Sheridan Fisher & Hayes LLP, on the brief), for the Burnett and World Trade Center Properties and Euro Brokers Plaintiffs-Appellants., Robert M. Kaplan, Ferber Chan Essner & Coller, LLP, New York, NY, for Plaintiffs-Appellants Continental Casualty Company, Transcontinental Insurance Company, Transportation Insurance Company, Valley Forge Insurance Company, National Fire Insurance Company of Hartford and American Casualty Company of Reading, Pennsylvania., Jerry S. Goldman, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C., Philadelphia, PA, (Frederick J. Salek, on the brief), for the O'Neill Plaintiffs-Appellants., David H. Fromm, Brown Gavalas & Fromm LLP, New York, N.Y. (Frank J. Rubino, on the brief), for Plaintiff-Appellant New York Marine and General Insurance Company., Kenneth L. Adams, Dickstein Shapiro LLP, Washington, DC (Christopher T. Leonardo, on the brief), for Plaintiffs-Appellants Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

  • For Appellees:
  • Michael K. Kellogg, Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C., Washington, DC (Mark C. Hansen, Colin S. Stretch, Kelly P. Dunbar, on the brief), for Defendants-Appellees the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and His Royal Highness Prince Turki al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud., Lawrence S. Robbins, Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck & Untereiner LLP, Washington, DC (Roy T. Englert, Jr., Alison C. Barnes, Rachel S. LiWai Suen, on the brief), for Defendant-Appellee the Saudi High Commission., William H. Jeffress, JR., Baker Botts LLP, Washington, DC (Jeffrey A. Lamken, Christopher R. Cooper, Sara E. Kropf, Jamie S. Kilberg, Allyson N. Ho, on the brief), for Defendants-Appellees His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, His Royal Highness Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz al-Saud., Louis R. Cohen, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Washington, DC (Shirley C. Woodward, Tracey C. Allen, Douglas F. Curtis, David Bowker, on the brief), for Defendant-Appellee His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed al Faisal al Saud.
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