The US Supreme Court today denied a writ of certiorari to the insurance companies seeking to overturn lower courts’ rulings that Saudi Arabia and senior government officials had sovereign immunity from the suit alleging their responsibility for funding the 9/11 attacks.
This action, relayed in a simple decree:
FEDERAL INSURANCE CO., ET AL. V. SAUDI ARABIA, ET AL.
ends the case.
Insurers and the families of those harmed and killed in the 9/11 attacks cannot sue either the Saudi government or the named officials. They still may have a case against particular Saudi organizations and charities, but that is a different case that has not yet worked its way through the American legal system.
Associated Press has filed this report:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has refused to allow victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to pursue lawsuits against Saudi Arabia and four of its princes over charitable donations that were allegedly funneled to al-Qaida.
The court, in an order Monday, is leaving in place the ruling of a federal appeals court that the country and the princes are protected by sovereign immunity, which generally means that foreign countries can’t be sued in American courts.
The Obama administration had angered some victims and families by urging the justices to pass up the case.