Ruling Against Terror Victims in Arab Bank Suit Complicates Precedents for Other Litigants

By Brian Monroe

A ruling by a U.S. District Court dismissing a case against a Jordanian bank accused of supporting Hamas won't likely resolve whether banks are liable for the terrorist actions of clients they no longer serve. U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by American and Israeli citizen Mati Gill that attempted to hold Arab Bank responsible for his 2008 shooting by Hamas operatives. Gill claimed that the bank's financial services to the Palestinian group ultimately funded the 2008 sniper attack, when Gill was serving as an aide to Israel's public security minister. But Arab Bank can't...