November 9, 2017
NPR, along with attorneys from six other law firms across the nation, filed suit in the Southern District of New York against 17 banks, including Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Commerzbank, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Standard Chartered, Royal Bank of Scotland, Credit Suisse, Credit Agricole, and Bank Saderat. The lawsuit, O’Sullivan, et al. v. Deutsche Bank, AG, et al., Case No. 1:2017-cv-08709, was filed on November 9, 2017 behalf of 64 plaintiffs who suffered death or injury resulting from 55 separate attacks perpetrated by terrorists.
The plaintiffs, who are servicemembers or families of servicemembers injured or killed in terrorist attacks in Iraq between December 17, 2003 and October 12, 2011, said Iran, and its agents and proxies, used U.S. currency “knowingly provided to them by Defendants to fund the very Terrorist Groups who perpetrated the Terrorist Attacks which killed or injured Plaintiffs.” The lawsuit goes on to allege that “without the material support provided by Defendants to Iran and its Agents and Proxies, the Terrorist Groups would not have been able to carry out such Terrorist Attacks on the scale and with the lethality in which they were perpetrated.”
The suit is being brought pursuant to the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001 and the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act of 2016. The plaintiffs are represented by NPR partners Michael Angelovich and Neil Smith, and associate Chad Ihrig. A copy of the lawsuit filed against the banks can be viewed below: