S.2930 - Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act

A bill to deter terrorism, provide justice for victims, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: A bill to deter terrorism, provide justice for victims, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act as introduced.

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Official Summary

Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act - Amends the federal judicial code to: (1) expand the liability of foreign states for tortious acts committed against U.S. citizens during a terrorist act and allow civil actions against a foreign state that are now pending or that were dismissed to

Official Summary

Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act - Amends the federal judicial code to:
(1) expand the liability of foreign states for tortious acts committed against U.S. citizens during a terrorist act and allow civil actions against a foreign state that are now pending or that were dismissed to proceed in accordance with such expanded liability; and
(2) impose liability on a foreign state for the acts or omissions of its officials or employees while acting within the scope of their office or employment. Amends the federal criminal code to:
(1) impose liability on any person who aids and abets an act of international terrorism, provides material support or resources to terrorist organizations, or conspires with terrorists;
(2) grant U.S. district courts personal jurisdiction over such persons;
(3) remove the prohibition against bringing a civil action against foreign states or foreign officials for damages related to acts of terrorism;
(4) extend from 4 to 10 years the limitation period for bringing an action for civil damages resulting from an act of international terrorism; and
(5) allow previously time-barred cases to be refiled within 90 days of the enactment of this Act.

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