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The Saudis wanna sue.
August 21, 2002 7:19 PM   Subscribe

The Saudis wanna sue. A group of Saudis plan to sue the U.S. government and media organizations for the alleged psychological and financial damage they suffered in the aftermath of Sept. 11, their lawyer said Wednesday.
posted by kayjay (24 comments total)

 
*bemused laughter*
Isn't there a 100 trillion $ suit being filed against them?
posted by Grod at 7:26 PM on August 21, 2002


So pathetic it's....
posted by ParisParamus at 7:59 PM on August 21, 2002


So pathetic it's....

I say, the Saudis had their century to do something with that place. They've done nothing useful with it, or themselves, and have funded horrors with OUR money. Time to take over....
posted by ParisParamus at 8:00 PM on August 21, 2002


They've done nothing useful with it, or themselves
many satisfied camels would disagree with that remark sir.
posted by quonsar at 8:02 PM on August 21, 2002


the saudis suck, but then so does this thread.
posted by donkeyschlong at 8:04 PM on August 21, 2002


and have funded horrors with OUR money

jeez. you sound like ted rall talking about israel.
posted by donkeyschlong at 8:06 PM on August 21, 2002


We need a lot of big boats with tons of space for lots of people...
posted by dopamine at 8:07 PM on August 21, 2002


Did you read the article, Grod?

It seems like a perfectly valid suit. But I'd give it a snowballs chance in hell; this will be stomped on for intelligence and security reasons just like the 100 trillion suit will be -- just give it time.
posted by Ptrin at 8:22 PM on August 21, 2002


Well well well, isn't this rich?

The country which pioneered excessive legal challenges gets sued in response. In a sick way, I find this case to be mildly amusing.

Bring it on-we've got thousands of trial attorneys filing ridiculous claims right now. Maybe we can put their energies to task defending the United States against this one.
posted by tgrundke at 8:38 PM on August 21, 2002


tgrundke: Are you kidding? Our beloved trial lawyers will be climbing over each other to represent the plaintiffs. Seeing as how tort lawyers are usually paid on a contingency basis - typically 33-40% of the final judgment - these guys are seeing some big dollar signs and will likely be in danger of slipping on their own drool.
posted by John Smallberries at 10:02 PM on August 21, 2002


"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with torts and suits."
posted by neustile at 10:14 PM on August 21, 2002


No love lost here, but if their US holdings make it possible for them to be sued in US courts, doesn't that also give them the right to (counter) sue in those same courts?


PP: Take over? Can I nominate you for territorial governer? Maybe we wouldn't be bankrolling their horrors if we didn't buy their oil. If we can import their oil, why can't we export our democracy? It sounds good where Iraq is concerned, but not here?
posted by trondant at 10:56 PM on August 21, 2002


I'm not sure they want our democracy.
posted by mcsweetie at 11:25 PM on August 21, 2002


I'm not sure they want our democracy

Invade Saudi Arabia then.
posted by matteo at 12:36 AM on August 22, 2002


and have funded horrors with OUR money

Wait, which government are we talking about again?
posted by fatbobsmith at 12:56 AM on August 22, 2002


"Every time you drive your car, you are supporting terrorism." Has a nice ring.
posted by gordian knot at 6:29 AM on August 22, 2002


Ah, lawsuits and countersuits... finally, we're fighting a war like CAPITALISTS!
posted by FilmMaker at 6:36 AM on August 22, 2002


Just because someone doesn't want our "democracy," that means we invade?

Imperialism is alive and well.
posted by drstrangelove at 6:51 AM on August 22, 2002


I would have to agree with Ptrin... these suits are probably gonna be conveniently dropped. Otherwise, if they're not going to make a farce of the the american judicial system, some pretty interesting evidence should turn up...
posted by freakystyley at 7:03 AM on August 22, 2002


I think a war fought with torts and suits is infinitely superior to one fought with bullets and bombs.
posted by UncleFes at 7:38 AM on August 22, 2002


I think a war fought with torts and suits is infinitely superior to one fought with bullets and bombs.

Ha ha!... I'm getting a crazy image in my head of war propaganda posters featuring soldiers wearing freakin' Armanis, wielding briefcases loaded with paperwork. Lawyers: the soldiers of tomorrow!
posted by freakystyley at 7:47 AM on August 22, 2002


"An Ambulance-Chaser of One"
posted by UncleFes at 7:51 AM on August 22, 2002


I think a war fought with torts and suits is infinitely superior to one fought with bullets and bombs.

Let's take it a step further: tarts in (bathing) suits!
posted by rushmc at 8:32 AM on August 22, 2002


rushmc's idea is far superior to freakystyley's (sorry, bud).

Jeeves! Bring me my speedos! I'm storming the beach!
posted by UncleFes at 10:38 AM on August 23, 2002


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