Only two days after US Congress passed a law allowing Americans to sue foreign governments over their alleged roles in 'terror' attacks, Stephanie Ross DeSimone filed a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia for providing material support to Al Qaeda and its leader, Osama Bin Laden.
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) is a law that challenges sovereign immunity in way never seen before.
For the first time in history, a foreign country can now be legally sued in another country's courts. Regardless of the outcome of Saudi Arabia's case, does this set a dangerous precedent for sovereign immunity worldwide? If American citizens can sue Saudi Arabia for alleged links to terror groups, what kind of lawsuits can the US expect to land on their doorstep?