$6B Settlement Approved in 9/11 Suit
Thursday, October 04, 2012 - 10:10 AM
A New York federal judge who found Iran, the Taliban and al-Qaida culpable in the September 11 terrorist attacks has approved a $6 billion default judgment against them.
The order signed by Judge George Daniels on Wednesday is largely symbolic, but it provides some hope the relatives of September 11 victims can someday recover damages.
Iran's president has repeatedly denied any Iranian connection to the terrir attacks or to al-Qaida.
A federal magistrate judge recommended the damages over the summer.
Daniels last year signed a default judgment pertaining to a lawsuit brought by relatives of 47 victims.
He found al-Qaida, the Taliban and Iran liable and asked the magistrate to determine damages. He said support the defendants provided to al-Qaida enabled the terror attacks.