Federal judge rejects Sudan motion to dismiss USS Cole suit Brett Murphy at 2:48 PM ET
[JURIST] US District Judge Robert G. Doumar of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] Tuesday denied a motion to dismiss filed by the government of Sudan in a lawsuit brought by families of sailors killed in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole [JURIST news archive; US DOD inquiry report]. Doumar said the Death on the High Seas Act [text] is likely to apply as it is an "exclusive remedy," and if so, the maximum damages the families could receive would be limited to $35 million. Sudan [JURIST news archive] filed the motion alleging that the complaint does not directly connect any Sudanese official to al Qaeda, the terrorist network largely held responsible for the attack, and also does not directly connect al Qaeda to the bombing. AP has more.
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