By Braden L. Dotson 

In Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC, the Supreme Court of the United States reviewed a case from the Second Circuit dismissing a number of suits brought by the victims of terrorist acts committed in the Middle East. The suits were brought against Arab Bank, PLC—a global bank headquartered in the nation of Jordan—as well as its then-chairman and several other high-ranking officials.  It was alleged that the bank’s New York office was laundering money for a Texas-based charity purportedly affiliated with the terrorist organization known as Hamas. The petitioners claimed that the bank received wireless payments from the Texas charity and transferred those funds into the accounts of known terrorists and their front groups. Among other things, these accounts were allegedly used to pay the families of suicide bombers.

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