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New 9/11 law won’t ensure lawsuit victories

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>> The bill on reconsideration is passed.>> A new law letting plaintiffs move forward with lawsuits against the Saudi government for 9/11 may not actually ensure that survivors and the families of victims of the attacks will get anywhere with their cases. Reuters legal correspondent Micah Rosenberg explains.>> The reason why it's still difficult after the law is that all the law did was lift the provision of sovereign immunity that kept the case out of court altogether.
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So now they can move forward with the case and get to the actual facts, which is proving that Saudi Arabia was actually behind the attack and knowingly supported the terrorists. This is a very difficult argument to make. Even the 9/11 Commission, which obviously spent years investigating it, was not able to proved the link with Saudi Arabia.
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And so proving that in court is going to take years of levitation, obviously the Saudis are gonna fight at very hard. And even in at the end of the process, as a lot of these other cases have shown where people have tried to take countries to court for acts of terrorism, like Iran for example, it takes years to actually recover any money and seize assets.
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And even then, the amount of money that they can get is much less than they originally asked for.>> Another major hurdle for plaintiffs is that the White House can still request the court to put lawsuits on hold, thanks to a stay provision in the new law. But even with that provision, there are still concerns that the law could inspire other countries to retaliate.
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>> Now that the bill has become law, some of the Congress members are reconsidering their vote because taking away this sovereign immunity provision can open the door for concerns of other countries' also whittling away of their sovereign immunity and potentially taking US interests and US government in courts abroad.
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>> Before the law was passed, victims of terror could only sue countries designated by the US State Department as state sponsors of terrorism, which are currently Iran, Syria, and Sudan. Now any country can be sued if there are allegations of support for known terrorists that carry out attacks on US soil.
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>> Order in the chamber.