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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.

Alan K. Simpson Argues For a 28th Amendment

 August 16, 2017

Alan K. Simpson Argues For a 28th Amendment

Are corporation’s people? It might sound like a simple question, but it’s one the U.S. Supreme Court answered in the affirmative when it handed down its landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010. That 5-4 ruling struck down a prohibition against certain election communications by nonprofits, corporations, labor unions, and other associations…. Read more »

Michael S. Burg Blasts Supreme Court Big Pharma Ruling

 August 15, 2017

Michael S. Burg Blasts Supreme Court Big Pharma Ruling

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court handed Big Pharma a big victory. In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, the high court struck down California’s effort to widen the scope of non-residents seeking relief from dangerous drugs. In an 8-1 decision, the court ruled against nearly 680 plaintiffs who were suing the… Read more »

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

 August 15, 2017

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

  Twenty-Three Attorneys Were Listed in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2018 Four Attorneys Listed as 2018 Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” In Their Practice Area and Region August 15, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., one of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, is proud to announce several… Read more »

Weyerhaeuser Floor Joists Could Be Poisoning Your Home

 August 9, 2017

Weyerhaeuser Floor Joists Could Be Poisoning Your Home

August 9, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Thousands of new homes may be uninhabitable due to excessive levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, found in the joists of finished and unfinished basements. Homeowners and construction workers have reported feeling ill, with burning eyes and respiratory issues, after exposure to hazardous levels of formaldehyde present in these… Read more »

Employee versus Contractor – Denver Workers Compensation Attorney – Burg Simpson

 August 23, 2017

Are you an Employee or an Independent Contractor?

In today’s economy, the popularity of independent contractors has ascended for several years. Whether it’s driving around strangers for money or building Web pages from home, it seems like more people than ever are forgoing employee status and embracing life as an independent contractor. In fact, a recent Intuit study claims that slightly more than… Read more »

Traumatic Brain Injuries – Denver Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson

 August 16, 2017

What you Should Know About Traumatic Brain Injuries

Few things can change – or end – a life as quickly as a Traumatic Brain Injury. TBIs play a role in nearly a third of injury deaths in the United States. More than 150 people die every day as a result of these devastating injuries, which works out to more than 50,000 fatalities annually…. Read more »

HR 1215 Bill – Colorado Medical Lawsuit Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 August 10, 2017

Legislation Threatens Medical Malpractice Victims

While Congress distracted the country with the drama of a failed Affordable Care Act repeal vote, lawmakers quietly – and barely – passed HR 1215, the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017,” on June 28. The bill makes it much harder for victims of medical malpractice to hold health care providers responsible for their… Read more »

Underride Accidents – Denver Injury Attorney – Burg Simpson

 August 9, 2017

What are the Dangers of Truck Underride Accidents?

In 2004, 26-year-old Roya Sadigh and her fiancé were on their way home for Thanksgiving in a blizzard. Their car hit a patch of ice, spun out of control, and slid beneath a tractor-trailer. The truck’s rear wheels ran over the car, crushing it. Sadigh died before she could make it to the hospital. These… Read more »

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

 May 3, 2016

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

A Ring of Fire first! Host Farron Cousins talks to former Senator Alan Simpson in a unique opportunity on Ring of Fire to speak with a Republican about the current state of the Republican Party.

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

CBS 4 in Denver highlights Burg Simpson attorney Michael S. Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

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

 April 28, 2016

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

Denver’s Radio 850KOA ran a news story about Michael Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

 April 21, 2016

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

Burg Simpson shareholder Calvin Tregre Jr. examines changes to the civil justice system, where limitations have been placed on monetary awards to seriously injured victims of corporate negligence. Are you protected?

Trial Talk magazine

 November 18, 2015

Trial Talk: Cross Appeal? Now What?

Burg Simpson Attorney and Shareholder Diane Vaksdal Smith’s article, published in CTLA’s Trial Talk, April/May 2015, addresses specifics of appellate practice and procedure. Download full article PDF

The Trial Lawyer Magazine

 November 18, 2015

Homebuilders v. Homeowners

Threats to Shift an Already Tilted Playing Field More in Favor of Homebuilders Burg Simpson attorneys Jennifer A. Seidman and Ronald M. Sandgrund examine what could happen if lawmakers allow builders to take advantage of and mischaracterize the causes of the Great Recession’s lingering effects, and the facts regarding the real causes of the decline… Read more »

Pop Culture

 November 18, 2015

Part IV – Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?

TV and Movies – What We Love and Love to Hate Twelve Angry Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, the O.J. Simpson debacle…do these movies and televised lawsuits influence decision makers? Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund continues the panel series dialogue, with Part IV addressing TV and movies. Download full article PDF

Pop Culture Part 3

 November 18, 2015

Part III – Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?

Managing Popular Culture’s Influence Popular culture generally has been defined as “culture based on the tastes of ordinary people rather than an educated elite.” Part III investigates whether popular culture may be undermining the rule of law. Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund mediates this panel article. Download full article PDF

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