Sept. 11 families can now sue the Saudis but will it matter?

FILE- In this Sept. 28, 2016 image taken from video and provided by C-SPAN2, the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington is shown as the Senate acted decisively to override President Barack Obama's veto of Sept. 11 legislation. Although Congress has allowed Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over claims it had a role in the terror attacks, a federal judge has blasted the legal case at the heart of the debate as notoriously weak and full of "largely boilerplate" accusations. And the revised law that passed this week over President Barack Obama's veto gives the Justice Department sweeping authority to put the case on hold and fails to eliminate sovereign immunity from protecting Saudi Arabia assets. (C-SPAN2 via AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Just because Congress has allowed Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia over claims it had a role in the terror attacks doesn’t mean such a case will ever go before a jury.

Already, a federal judge has blasted the legal case at the heart of the debate as weak and full of “largely boilerplate” accusations.

And the revised law that passed this week over President Barack Obama’s veto gives the Justice Department authority to put the case on hold and fails to eliminate sovereign immunity from protecting Saudi Arabia’s assets.

University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck, who has been following the case for years, says the bill is the worst of both worlds — everything Saudi Arabia complained about and very little of what the plaintiffs thought they were getting.

 

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