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Owens v. Republic of Sudan

United States District Court, D. Columbia.

October 24, 2014

JAMES OWENS, et al., Plaintiffs,
v.
REPUBLIC OF SUDAN, et al., Defendants

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For JAMES OWENS, Plaintiff: Annie P. Kaplan, Caragh Glenn Fay, Joseph William Fay, Thomas Fortune Fay, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Molly Patricia Hoffman, William Coleman Dowden, III, FAY KAPLAN LAW, P.A., Washington, DC; Stephen Norman Weiss, Law Office of Stephen Norman Weiss, New York, NY.

For VICTORIA J. SPIERS, GARY ROBERT OWENS, BARBARA GOFF, FRANK B. PRESSLEY, JR., YASEMIN B. PRESSLEY, DAVID A. PRESSLEY, THOMAS C. PRESSLEY, MICHAEL F. PRESSLEY, BERK F. PRESSLEY, JON B. PRESSLEY, MARC Y. PRESSLEY, SUNDUS BUYUK, MONTINE BOWEN, FRANK PRESSLEY, SR., BAHAR BUYUK, SERPIL BUYUK, TULAY BUYUK, AHMET BUYUK, DOROTHY WILLARD, ELLEN MARIE BOMER, DONALD BOMER, MICHAEL JAMES CORMIER, ANDREW JOHN WILLIAM CORMIER, ALEXANDRA RAIN CORMIER, PATRICIA FEORE, CLYDE M. HIRN, ALICE M. HIRN, PATRICIA K. FAST, INEZ P. HIRN, JOYCE REED, WORLEY LEE REED, CHERYL L. BLOOD, BRET W. REED, RUTH ANN WHITESIDE, LORIE GULICK, PAM WILLIAMS, FLOSSIE VARNEY, LYDIA SPARKS, HOWARD SPARKS, TABITHA CARTER, HOWARD SPARKS, JR., MICHAEL RAY SPARKS, GARY O. SPIERS, VICTORIA Q. SPIERS, JULITA A. QUALICIO, Plaintiffs: Thomas Fortune Fay, LEAD ATTORNEY, FAY KAPLAN LAW, PA, Washington, DC; Stephen Norman Weiss, Law Office of Stephen Norman Weiss, New York, NY.

For ALL PLAINTIFFS, Plaintiff: William Coleman Dowden, III, Caragh Glenn Fay, LEAD ATTORNEY, Thomas Fortune Fay, FAY KAPLAN LAW, P.A., Washington, DC; Ronald Alvin Karp, KARP, FROSH, WIGODSKY & NORWIND, P.A., Rockville, MD; Stephen Norman Weiss, Law Office of Stephen Norman Weiss, New York, NY; Tuna Mecit, Washington, DC.

For JESSE NATHANAEL ALIGANGA, Decedent, JULIAN LEOTIS BARTLEY, SR., Decedent, JULIAN LEOTIS BARTLEY, JR., JEAN ROSE DALIZU, Decedent, MOLLY HUCKABY HARDY, Decedent, KENNETH RAY HOBSON, II, Decedent, ARLENE BRADLEY KIRK, Decedent, MARY LOUISE MARTIN, Decedent, ANN MICHELLE O'CONNOR, Decedent, SHERRY LYNN OLDS, Decedent, PRABHI GUPTARA KAVALER, Decedent, HOWARD CHARLES KAVALER, Decedent, TARA LIA KAVALER, MAYA PIA KAVALER, PEARL DANIELS KAVALER, Decedent, LEON KAVALER, Decedent, RICHARD MARTIN KAVALER, CLARA LEAH ALIGANGA, LEAH ANN COLSTON, GLADIS BALDWIN BARTLEY Decedent, EGAMBI FRED KIBUHIRU DALIZU, TEMINA ENGESIA DALIZU, LAWRENCE ANTHONY HICKS, MANGIARU VIDIJA DALIZU, LORI ELAINE DALIZU, ROSE BANKS FREEMAN Decedent, JUNE BEVERLY FREEMAN, JAMES HERBERT FREEMAN Decedent, SHEILA ELAINE FREEMAN, GWENDOLYN TAUWANA GARRETT, JEWELL PATRICIA NEAL, JOYCE MCCRAY, JEANETTE ELLA MARIE GOINES Decedent, BRANDI PLANTS, JANE HUCKABY Decedent, DEBORAH HOBSON-BIRD, MEGHAN ELIZABETH HOBSON, BONNIE SUE HOBSON, KENNETH RAY HOBSON, II Decedent, ROBERT KIRK, JR., ROBERT MICHAEL KIRK, MAISHA KIRK HUMPHREY, NEAL ALAN BRADLEY, KATHERINE BRADLEY WRIGHT Decedent, KENNETH ALBA BRADLEY Decedent, DENNIS ARTHUR BRADLEY, PATRICIA ANNE BRADLEY WILLIAMS Decedent, JAMES ROBERT KLAUCKE, KAREN MARIE KLAUCKE, JOSEPH DENEGRE MARTIN, JR. Decedent, MARTHA MARTIN OURSO, KATHLEEN MARTIN BOELLERT, GWENDOLYN FREDERIC DENEY, JOSEPH DENEGRE MARTIN, III Decedent, STEPHEN HARDING MARTIN, JAMES PAUL O'CONNOR, MICAELA ANN O'CONNOR, TARA COLLEEN O'CONNOR, DELBERT RAYMOND OLDS, JENNIFER ERIN PEREZ, MARSEY GAYLE CORNETT, CHRISTA GAY FOX, MAY EVELYN FREEMAN OLDS, KIMBERLY ANN ZIMMERMAN, MARY LINDA SUE BARTLEY, EDITH LYNN BARTLEY, MARY KATHERINE BRADLEY, DOUGLAS NORMAN KLAUCKE, WILLIAM RUSSELL KLAUCKE, SUSAN ELIZABETH MARTI BRYSON, Intervenor Plaintiffs: Aryeh S. Portnoy, John L. Murino, Laurel Pyke Malson, Stuart H. Newberger, LEAD ATTORNEYS, CROWELL & MORING LLP, Washington, DC; Ariel E. Applebaum-Bauch, Joanna G. Slott, CROWELL & MORING LLP; Jesse J. Kirchner, PRO HAC VICE, CROWELL & MORING LLP, Washington, DC.

For REPUBLIC OF SUDAN, Defendant: Asim A. Ghafoor, LEAD ATTORNEY, LAW OFFICE OF ASIM GHAFOOR, Washington, DC.

For FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS, Interested Party: Rhonda C. Fields, U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, Washington, DC.

JAMES ROTH, Esq., Interested Party, Pro se, New York, NY.

For JAMES ROTH, Esq., Interested Party: Ariel E. Applebaum-Bauch, Joanna G. Slott, CROWELL & MORING LLP; Jesse J. Kirchner, PRO HAC VICE, CROWELL & MORING LLP, Washington, DC.

For U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, Interested Party: Tamra Tyree Moore, LEAD ATTORNEY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, DC.

For HARLEY G. LAPPIN, Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Movant: Rhonda C. Fields, U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, Washington, DC.

For ELIZABETH HOLMAN, Movant: Thomas Fortune Fay, LEAD ATTORNEY, FAY KAPLAN LAW, PA, Washington, DC.

For ALL INTERVENOR PLAINTIFFS, Intervenor: Aryeh S. Portnoy, LEAD ATTORNEY, CROWELL & MORING, LLP, Washington, DC.

For LINDA JANE WHITESIDE LESLIE, Intervenor Plaintiff: Thomas Fortune Fay, LEAD ATTORNEY, FAY KAPLAN LAW, PA, Washington, DC; Stephen Norman Weiss, Law Office of Stephen Norman Weiss, New York, NY; Ariel E. Applebaum-Bauch, Joanna G. Slott, CROWELL & MORING LLP; Jesse J. Kirchner, PRO HAC VICE, CROWELL & MORING LLP, Washington, DC.

For MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE SUDAN, Defendant: Asim A. Ghafoor, LEAD ATTORNEY, LAW OFFICE OF ASIM GHAFOOR, Washington, DC.

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AMENDED MEMORANDUM OPINION

JOHN D. BATESJOHN D. BATES, United States District Judge.

Over sixteen years ago, simultaneous suicide bombings in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, devastated two United States embassies, killed hundreds of people, and injured over a thousand more. This Court has entered final judgment on liability under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (" FSIA" ) and District of Columbia law in this and other civil actions--brought by victims of the bombings and their families--against the Republic of Sudan, the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Sudan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Iranian Ministry of Information and Security for their roles in these unconscionable acts. And with the help of special masters, the Court has assessed and awarded damages to most of the individual plaintiffs in these cases. See, e.g., Mar. 28, 2014 Mem. Op. [ECF No. 300] at 3. But a few plaintiffs remain. Currently before the Court are a special master's award recommendations for these remaining plaintiffs.

Plaintiffs--the so-called " Aliganga plaintiffs," who take their name from Jesse Nathanael Aliganga, a United States Marine Corps sergeant who died in the 1998 attack--are twelve United States citizens injured or killed in the Nairobi bombing and their immediate family members. See Am. Compl. in Intervention [ECF No. 262] (" Am. Compl." ) at 9; Apr. 11, 2014 Mem. Op. at 1. Although these plaintiffs did not participate in the opening stages of the original Owens lawsuit, this Court allowed them to intervene in this case. July 23, 2012 Order [ECF No. 233] at 1. By that time, other plaintiffs had already served process on each defendant, defendants had failed to ...


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