What is the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), and how could it impact you and your family? This is a law that was hotly contested and actually became law through the Senate’s decision to override a veto by President Barack Obama. The law states that its aims are “to deter terrorism, provide justice for victims, and for other purposes.” Its purposes, according to the statutory language, is “to provide civil litigants with the broadest possible basis, consistent with the Constitution of the United States, to seek relief against persons, entities, and foreign countries, wherever acting and wherever they may be found, that have provided materials support, directly or indirectly, to foreign organizations or persons that engage in terrorist activities against the United States.”
In short, the law allows victims of 9/11 and their families to file claims against other entities within a U.S. court, including other nations outside the U.S., that may have provided some form of support to terrorists who engaged in attacks against our country. It is important to understand the key tenets of the act and how this law may help you to seek compensation for your losses. If you have questions, a September 11 victims’ compensation attorney at the law offices of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC can help.