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Iraq War Veteran and Contractor Lawsuit

Terrorism Law - Troops - Burg SimpsonMost of us only see the end result of terrorism: the hijacking, the kidnapping, or the bombing. We don’t realize everything that occurs in the weeks, months or even years before such a heinous act. A critical aspect of any attack is the funding behind it. Whether it’s wire transfers or letters of credit, terrorists have to use the banking system just like anyone else, which begs the question: When someone is injured or killed in a terrorist attack, what share of the responsibility should a bank that helped pay for it bear?

Terrorism-Law-Medics - Burg SimpsonThat’s the question at the heart of a civil lawsuit filed in late 2014 by a group of wounded Iraqi war veterans and Gold Star families against seven EU banks. The suit requests damages, charging that the banks are responsible for various shootings and roadside bombings because “they processed Iranian money that paid for the attacks.” The lawsuit claims the financial institutions “conspired” with their Iranian counterparts to hide financial transactions from the United States, which had imposed sanctions on the country. The suit charges that the banks channeled more than $100 million to Iranian military operatives in Iraq and helped facilitate the funding of hundreds of terrorist attacks in Iraq from 2003 to 2011. These foreign banks already admitted wrongdoing and agreed to $3.2 billion in payouts to the U.S. government in exchange for delayed prosecution for violating sanctions against Iran and other countries.

Burg Simpson is a part of consortium of several law firms that have banded together for the purpose of seeking justice for victims of terrorism.  The consortium has created a unified web page with additional information and instruction on how to find out if you or a loved one qualify to join the law suit.  Please click here: Iraq War Fund 

In 1990, Congress passed the Anti-Terrorism Act, which made it illegal to intentionally provide support for terrorist activities and organizations. The law also allowed victims of “an act of international terrorism” to file civil suit in a federal court. The legislation sprang up in the aftermath of a pair of PLO terrorist attacks: the Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacking in 1985 and the Pan Am flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.

Little was made of this law for years, mostly because for someone to file suit successfully, the accused terrorist organization had to be located in, or have material assets in, the United States. However, the terrorist attacks that shook the nation on Sept. 11, 2001, changed that. Plaintiffs began suing banks who "helped" terrorist groups by doing business with them in an attempt to push past the original parameters of the ATA.

Burg Simpson is one of several law firms that have banded together to take this fight to some of the world’s largest financial institutions. Gavriel Mairone, the founder of MM-Law, is leading the charge. MM-Law, based in Chicago, is a law firm dedicated to advancing human rights by representing victims of terrorism, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Denver-based Burg Simpson has been fighting for victims’ rights for 40 years, taking on major corporations, such as pharmaceutical companies, insurance carriers, and medical device manufacturers.

The lawsuit, filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act in U.S. District Court in New York, names the following banks:

  • Barclays PLC: In August 2010, Barclays surrendered $298 million to the United States because it “knowingly and willfully moved or permitted to be moved hundreds of millions of dollars through the U.S. financial system on behalf of banks from Cuba, Iran, Libya, Sudan, and Burma.”
  • BNP Paribas S.A.: In June 2014, BNP Paribas signed a deferred prosecution agreement in exchange for surrendering $8.9 billion.
  • Commerzbank A.G.: Commerzbank A.G. paid $392 million in fines to defer prosecution.
  • Credit Suisse: In December 2009, Credit Suisse forfeited $536 million – the largest deferred prosecution agreement at the time.
  • HSBC Holding Group PLC: This London bank and its subsidiaries topped Credit Suisse’s record forfeiture when they agreed to a $1.256 billion penalty as part of their deferred prosecution agreement in December 2012.
  • Standard Chartered Bank: The 2012 settlement between this London bank and the U.S. government included $227 million in fines.

If you’re a wounded Iraqi war veteran, or a surviving family member of a soldier lost in the war, you could have a case. Burg Simpson is working with a consortium of seven other law firms in filing claims against these banks. For more information, or to be considered for a claim, visit Iraq War Fund.

All war injuries aren’t readily visible. Many soldiers return from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental health problem some develop after experiencing or witnessing life-threatening events, such as the horrors of combat. Actual combat injuries, whether they’re from explosions or gunshots, can also lead to PTSD.

It’s common for veterans to suffer upsetting memories, possess feelings of tension or insomnia after returning from deployment. It can be difficult to return to normal daily activities, such as work, school, or social activities. Most veterans start feeling better after a few weeks or months, but if it lasts longer and symptoms linger, it could be PTSD.

PTSD symptoms can include:
Flashbacks. These include bad memories or nightmares. These flashbacks can make soldiers feel like they’re going through the event again.

Avoidance. PTSD sufferers often try to avoid situations or people that might trigger memories of the traumatic event. They may even avoid talking or thinking about the event.

Increased negativity. Veterans may feel guilt or shame, or, a lack of interest in activities they once enjoyed. They might exhibit numbness, unhappiness and distrust.

Hyperarousal. These symptoms can include increased alertness, jittery feelings, and a constant need to be on the lookout for danger. This can also include a struggle with concentration and/or sleeping.

Contact the Experienced Attorneys At Burg Simpson

Terrorism-Law-Soldier - Burg SimpsonActive and veteran service members, as well as civilian contractors, injured in Iraq during 2003-2011 by Iranian-funded combat or terrorist actions might be eligible for compensation. Additional potential claimants include surviving family members and dependents of those who lost their lives as a result of these actions.

This alliance of law firms is working together to file claims under the ATA against these banks, which unlawfully helped financially facilitate these acts of terrorism during the war. To begin the claimant process – and find out if you qualify – visit Iraq War Fund today.

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Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Selected to the Legal 500 List For 2017

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Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Selected to the Legal 500 List For 2017

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Nick D. Fogel Earns Workers’ Comp Honor

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Nick D. Fogel Earns Workers’ Comp Honor

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Breach of Contact – Colorado Corporate Litigation Attorneys- Burg Simpson

 June 22, 2017

HOW LONG DOES A PARTY HAVE TO PERFORM HIS OR HER DUTY UNDER A CONTRACT?

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Second Jobs – Denver Work Comp Lawyers - Burg Simpson

 June 21, 2017

Does a Second Job Threaten Your Workers’ Comp Claim?

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Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run- Burg Simpson

 June 19, 2017

Runners, Walkers Race to Honor Jeremy Bitner

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Texting and Driving – Colorado Personal Injury Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 June 16, 2017

Colorado Cracks Down on Texting and Driving

In late-February of last year, 28-year-old Athina Munoz barreled south down a rural Colorado highway when she realized she had an urgent text message to send. She swerved into oncoming traffic as she did so, killing an older couple on a motorcycle instantly. Munoz also tested three times the limit for alcohol, which helped earn… Read more »

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

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Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

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Trial Talk magazine

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Trial Talk: Cross Appeal? Now What?

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Net Neutrality

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Net Neutrality: A Panel Discussion

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Rick Bailey - Hearing and Mishearing

 November 18, 2015

Hearing and Mishearing: Psychoanalytic Observations on the Attorney-Client Relationship

Trial lawyer Rick D. Bailey co-authored this white paper with David Stevens, a practicing psychoanalyst/clinical psychologist and associate professor at the university of Colorado Health Sciences Center. They address the attorney-client relationship throught the lens of psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. Download full article PDF

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