Bipartisan legislation called the Ensuring Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act has drawn the support of US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
The measure would close loopholes in the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, also known as JASTA. The new legislation would make technical corrections to JASTA that would enable families of victims of terrorism to sue foreign state actors for aiding and abetting terrorism. It’ll also ensure plaintiffs can collect their judgment if they obtain a resolution on a JASTA claim, and clarifies all US citizens injured in their person, business, or property may recover under JASTA.
JASTA was initially enacted in 2016 by Congress so foreign sponsors of terrorism cannot invoke “sovereign” immunity in cases arising from a terrorist attack that kills an American on American soil.