HSBC Case: Frequently Asked Questions

I was injured in Iraq. Can I sue?

That depends. The lawsuit involves Americans who were killed or injured in Iraq between 2003 and 2011 by: (1) terrorists trained, funded and armed by Iran; (2) Hezbollah; and/or (3) Iranian-manufactured Improvised Explosive Devices (“IEDs”). If you satisfy those criteria, you may have a claim.


My family member was killed or injured in Iraq. Can I sue?

That depends. If your family member who was killed or injured was a U.S. citizen and/or you are a U.S. citizen and your family member was killed or injured in Iraq between 2003 and 2011 by: (1) terrorists trained, funded and armed by Iran; (2) Hezbollah, and/or (3) Iranian-manufactured IEDs, you may have a claim.


Most courts interpreting the Anti-Terrorism Act (“ATA”) have permitted recovery by parents, spouses, children, and siblings of Americans killed or injured in terrorist attacks.


Does the lawsuit involve suing the U.S. military?

No. The lawsuit is not against the U.S. military or any part of our government.


Where is the lawsuit filed?

In federal district court in New York.


If I live out of state and I want to join the lawsuit, will I have to travel?

That depends. You may have to travel for a deposition and/or to testify at trial. Whether or not that occurs depends on several factors; ultimately the court decides if a Plaintiff’s appearance in New York is necessary. In any event, if travel is required it will likely be limited.


Is there a deadline for filing a lawsuit under the Anti-Terrorism Act?

Yes. A claim must be brought within ten (10) years of the date of injury or death. However, when Congress amended the ATA in 2013 it also extended the statute of limitations for attacks that occurred on or after September 11, 2001. Americans injured on or after that date have additional time from the date the amendment was signed into law in 2013.


How long will the case last?

There is no set timeframe for ATA cases. The duration depends on many factors, but such cases often last 5 to 10 years. ATA cases are usually hotly contested and the defendants have almost unlimited resources.


Are there any out-of-pocket costs involved in joining the lawsuit?

Freeman v. HSBC is being brought on a contingency fee basis. This means that the law firms involved only receive compensation if and when their clients do. Plaintiffs do not advance any out-of-pocket expenses during the course of the litigation.

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