Cohen Milstein has brought a claim under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act against the Iranian government in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of more than 80 family members of soldiers who were killed or injured in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, as well as soldiers who were injured in the attack.  The attack was carried out by the terrorist organization Hezbollah, at the direction and with the support of Iran.  The Beirut Marine Barracks bombing, which killed 241 American servicemembers and injured numerous others, was the deadliest state-sponsored terrorist attack against United States citizens before September 11, 2001.

Cohen Milstein has also filed motions to intervene in two lawsuits currently pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York before Katherine B. Forrest—Peterson v. Iran and In re 650 Fifth Avenue Corporation—to recover Iranian assets that are present in the United States.  ThePeterson case concerns nearly $2 billion held by Citibank on behalf of Iran’s central bank, while the 650 Fifth Avenue case involves approximately $1 billion in assets owned by an Iranian front company, including a skyscraper on Fifth Avenue in New York City. 

In an effort to ensure that the limited Iranian assets present in the United States are distributed fairly to all of the victims of Iran-sponsored terror, Cohen Milstein has asked Judge Forrest to establish a “limited fund” class in both the Peterson and 650 Fifth Avenue cases.  Unless Cohen Milstein’s motions are granted, some of Iran’s victims will receive millions of dollars, while other victims will be denied compensation from Iran entirely.

Whom to Contact for More Information

If you are a member of the proposed class or you have information which might assist us in the prosecution of these allegations, please contact one of the following persons:

R. Joseph Barton, Partner jbarton@cohenmilstein.com
Sentamu Kiremerwa, Paralegal skiremerwa@cohenmilstein.com
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
1100 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005
Telephone:  888-240-0775 (Toll Free) or 202-408-4600

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