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24 Jun 2013

Michael D. Goldhaber, Litigation Daily (USA)

Terror Funding Case Could Clarify Limits of Foreign Privacy Laws [USA]

Last year the American Bar Association reported that global companies in U.S. court increasingly face a "Hobson's choice": to offend a foreign privacy law, or to defy a U.S. discovery obligation…Arab Bank plc…filed a U.S. Supreme Court cert petition citing the ABA report, and asking the court to remove the "Hobson's choice" it purportedly faces: to "either violate foreign laws and face criminal prosecution or accept sanctions that threaten its existence." Jordan's Arab Bank is one of four banks that plaintiffs have sought to sue in Brooklyn federal court under the Anti-Terrorism Act or the Alien Tort Statute for allegedly funding terrorist attacks against Israeli targets…It's the consolidated case of Linde v. Arab Bank, filed before Judge Nina Gershon, that presents the historic clash between the imperatives of justice and secrecy. [also refers to Crédit Lyonnais (part of Crédit Agricole), UBS, NatWest (part of Royal Bank of Scotland)]