NY judge OKs jurisdiction for PLO bombings lawsuit

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Posted: Mar 31, 2011 9:22 PM
NY judge OKs jurisdiction for PLO bombings lawsuit

A New York judge has concluded that he has jurisdiction to preside over litigation resulting from a lawsuit filed against the Palestine Liberation Organization by victims of bombings in Israel.

Federal Judge George Daniels in Manhattan said in a written order Wednesday that the PLO had offices in Washington and New York during a three-year period when the bombings occurred. He said that creates enough of a connection to the United States to allow the lawsuit to proceed here. The ruling came in a 2004 lawsuit that seeks up to $3 billion in damages as a result of attacks between January 2001 and February 2004.

The Jerusalem-area attacks killed 33 people and wounded hundreds, including scores of U.S. citizens.