FIRM WINS $5.15 MILLION PUNITIVE DAMAGES AWARD ON BEHALF OF FATHER WHOSE SON DIED IN TERRORIST BOMBING IN SAUDI ARABIA
November 16, 2010 -- Today, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the Firm won a $5.15 million punitive damages award against the government of Iran on behalf of a father whose son died in a terrorist attack. The award follows a prior $5 million compensatory damages award, thus bringing the total amount awarded to $10.15 million. In this litigation, brought under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the Firm represents the plaintiff who is the father of a U.S. Air Force Airman who was killed, along with eighteen other U.S. Air Force personnel, in the brutal June 25, 1996 terrorist bombing of the housing complex, Khobar Towers, at the U.S. military base in Dharhan, Saudi Arabia. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia based the award of punitive damages on its finding that the terrorist bombing was carried out with material support from the defendants -- the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Iranian Ministry of Information and Security, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps -- whose actions it characterized as having been nothing short of extreme, outrageous, and beyond all bounds of civil decency. The judgment of the Court is final and against all the defendants and is explained by the Court in a detailed, 34-page Memorandum Opinion issued today in Rimkus v. Islamic Republic of Iran, Case No. 08-cv-1615 (D.D.C.).