Osen LLC in the News
The wife of an American soldier killed by an improvised explosive device linked to Iran said she was relieved to hear that the United States killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Kelli Hake said Monday on CNN that she felt a bit of closure after she heard about the Iranian military commander’s death.
Americans who lost limbs or loved ones in the Iraq war and fought to prove that General Suleimani played a role see justice in his death by a missile strike.
MANHATTAN (CN) – Overturning a verdict that blamed Arab Bank for 24 Hamas attacks in Israel, the Second Circuit on Friday effectively reduced a confidential settlement won by survivors and relatives of those attacks.
After 14 years of litigation involving hundreds of victims, Gary Osen, an attorney for one of families, emphasized that the ruling still provides “meaningful and very substantial compensation for their injuries.”
“We would have liked a sweeping victory, but we’re still very satisfied with the result,” Osen said in a statement.
By CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The families of six Americans kidnapped and killed in Colombia during the 1990s by the FARC terrorist organization reached a settlement with banana giant Chiquita Brands International on Monday, the morning trial was to begin, according to court documents.
A notice of settlement was filed just as jury selection was to start in West Palm Beach federal court. Terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.
A Florida judge has denied a motion from the fruit company for summary judgment, meaning that in the absence of a settlement or successful legal challenges Chiquita Brands could be the first U.S. corporation to go to trial under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). A court date has been set for Feb. 5.
“For the families who filed this case 10 years ago, it is gratifying to finally have their day in court,” said Gary M. Osen, managing partner of Osen LLC, the law firm that argued the motion on behalf of the plaintiffs before the district court.
“We’re confident that the evidence will show that Chiquita made a calculated business decision to pay people they knew were terrorists,” Osen said.
By Gary Osen and Ari Ungar -
Boeing’s new planes could transport bomb materiel to terrorists
When President Trump recently signed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), most of the public attention centered on his objections to the sanctions it imposed on Russia. Therefore, it went largely unnoticed that a key provision of the law could create serious legal liability for Boeing if it goes through with its announced sale of 30 B737 Max aircraft to Iran’s Aseman Airlines.
Boeing’s excuse for selling new airplanes to a terrorist state is that the U.S. government has determined Iran is adhering to the 2015 nuclear deal. However, that Obama administration deal left Iran’s global terrorism apparatus intact and enhanced it with lavish new funding, which it is now using to try to upgrade its logistics capabilities with modern commercial aircraft. The Trump administration must use the new authority contained within CAATSA and all other tools at its disposal to prevent this sale.
By Ardith and Tonya Dressler, AZ We See It
Our Turn: Our son, Shawn Dressler, was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Here's why we're suing Iran and the financial institutions that we believe bankrolled the attack.
This summer, instead of celebrating the 33rd birthday of our son Shawn, we will mark the 10th anniversary of his murder in a terrorist attack while he was serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq. The pain of this loss has never dissipated — but it has been channeled into a commitment to bringing justice to those responsible.
BY GUEST COLUMNIST/CLEVELAND.COM
GREEN, Ohio -- Ten years ago, near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, terrorists murdered our son, Matthew, changing our lives forever. In the decade since, we have realized in the most difficult ways that we will never be able to repair the loss we suffered when he was killed. But we've also discovered that we can try to hold those responsible for his death accountable for what they did - and we will do everything in our power to do so.
The 200 people involved have filed the lawsuit under the US Anti-Terrorism Act. They want a jury trial and unspecified damages from the six banks, who are Barclays, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Standard Chartered and the Royal Bank of Scotland. “They were indifferent to the criminal purposes a state sponsor of terrorism puts their money to," claimed Gary Osen, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, to the Wall Street Journal.
EAST ST. LOUIS – Lawyers who for 12 years have pursued claims that banks helped Iran sponsor terror attacks have earned the high compliment of imitation.
John Driscoll of St. Louis copied their theory and many of their facts in a suit he filed against eight banks at U.S. district court in November.
Driscoll represents estates and families of 18 persons who died in Iraq, as well as veterans who survived attacks with injuries.
He seeks damages under the federal Anti-Terrorism Act against Deutsche Bank, HSBC Bank, Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, Credit Suisse, Bank Saderat and Commerzbank.