May 14, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An effort to revive a lawsuit seeking an additional $282.5 million from Sudan for the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole is in the hands of a federal appeals court in Virginia.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday.
Relatives of the 17 sailors killed in the terrorist attack filed the lawsuit in 2010. They claimed Sudan's government provided support for al-Qaida terrorists. The families previously had obtained a nearly $8 million judgment in another lawsuit.
In 2011, U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar in Norfolk ruled that the plaintiffs can't file a new lawsuit based on the same terrorist incident. The new complaint was based on a 2008 law that allows for retroactive punitive-damage awards against nations that sponsor terrorism.
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