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Jesner v. Arab Bank


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Plaintiffs are victims of terrorist attacks in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.

They filed a lawsuit against Arab Bank of Jordan, founded in Jerusalem, claiming the bank held accounts for known terrorists which were used to pay families of martyrs in suicide attacks (see SCOTUSblog’s Argument Preview for more information about the case).

The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit in United States court under the Alien Tort Statute, a unique law allowing aliens to sue for civil damages in U.S. courts.

This case is about whether the plaintiffs can sue the bank – a corporate defendant – under the Alien Tort Statute.

About the Author

Mariam Morshedi

Mariam Morshedi

Mariam Morshedi is the Founder and Executive Director of Subscript Law. Before starting Subscript Law, she practiced civil rights law for AARP Foundation, where she litigated housing, consumer and disability rights issues.

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