Summary Judgment in Linde v. Arab Bank, PLC

On April 24, 2013, the Eastern District Court of New York issued a decision in the Linde case granting in part and denying in part Arab Bank’s motion for summary judgment. In her ruling, Judge Nina Gershon dismissed the plaintiffs’ aiding and abetting claims under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and suggested she was inclined to dismiss all of the claims filed under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which represent more than 90 percent of the claims against the Bank.

The Bank disagreed with the Court’s decision to allow the remaining claims under the ATA to move to trial because this decision conflicts with Second Circuit and Appellate and District Court orders dismissing cases against Arab Bank and other banks, based on the plaintiffs’ failure to demonstrate proof of knowledge and proximate cause – requirements under the ATA. Read more about these decisions here.

The ruling allowed the case to proceed to trial on August 11, 2014.