Federal Judge Rules that Terror Attack Victims May See Boeing Contract with Iran

(Courthouse News) Lorraine Bailey - A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that Boeing must produce its $16 billion contract with Iran Air, in response to discovery requests filed by victims of Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel. The family of Shlomo Leibovitch won a $32 million award for a Palestinian Islamic Jihad attack that killed his brother-in-law and maimed his daughter in 2003. As part of the family's attempt to collect on its judgment against Iran, Leibovitch served Boeing with discovery requests seeking to identify Iranian assets being held by the aerospace company. U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo asked the government whether permitting the discovery would interfere with U.S. foreign policy, as Boeing claims. The administration responded that its commitments under the nuclear deal "do not require the executive branch to take any specific action with respect to effort by judgment creditors of Iran to pursue post-judgment discovery or other enforcement proceedings." Castillo ordered Boeing to produce the contract itself, which will reveal the existence of any accounts that could potentially lead Leibovitch to collect Iranian assets.

2018-03-02 00:00:00

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