source: Stuff June 20, 2010
A New York judge has dismissed several dozen defendants – including members of Osama bin Laden’s family – from lawsuits seeking to blame individuals, banks and foreign entities for the September 11 terror attacks.
Federal Judge George Daniels in Manhattan issued the order on Thursday.
He dropped four bin Laden half-brothers and a nephew from litigation brought by representatives of victims of the 2001 attacks and insurance carriers.
The judge said the plaintiffs in the seven-year-old lawsuits had failed to prove personal involvement that contributed to the terrorist attacks.
The lawsuits had sought to show that bin Laden’s family protected his financial interests as he built his terror-driven empire in the early 1990s.
Several defendants remain in the lawsuits.