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Judge Awards $77M in Back-to-Back Rulings Against Iran for 1983 Bombings


by Justin Shubow
Posted March 30, 2012, 9:14 AM

BLT: The Blog of Legal Times reports on back-to-back decisions awarding damages against Iran for its support of terrorism against Americans in the early 1980s:

U.S. District Chief Judge Royce Lamberth yesterday ordered (PDF) a $44.6 million judgment against the Iranian government for its role in the 1983 terrorist bombings at the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. The ruling came a week after Lamberth issued a $33.3 million judgment against Iran in a similar case.

In both cases, Lamberth found Iran liable for the bombing in 2010. Since then, a special master has been sorting out the damages claims. Lamberth has handled a number of civil claims in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia related to the 1983 bombings; he issued a $1.2 billion judgment against Iran in one of those cases in December.

The bombing killed 241 people and injured many more. Iran was accused of supporting the militant Lebanese group Hezbollah, which was believed to have carried out the attack.

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