October 23, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court asked the Obama administration for advice on sanctions imposed against Arab Bank Plc in a lawsuit by victims of overseas terrorist attacks.
A judge imposed the penalty after Arab Bank disobeyed court orders to turn over account records. In its Supreme Court appeal, the bank argues that it can’t supply the information without violating the criminal laws of Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories.
The sanctions would potentially make it easier for the victims to prove their case at trial. Jurors would be told they could infer from the Amman, Jordan-based bank’s failure to produce the documents that it intentionally provided financial services to terrorist groups.