Hezbollah-funder Islamic Republic of Iran hit with $74M judgment in US court

Richard D. Heideman, Noel J. Nudelman and Tracy Reichman Kalik of Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, PC, the Washington, DC law firm that represents American victims of terror announced that a US federal court has entered Judgment against the Islamic Republic of Iran, ordering the country, as state sponsors of terrorism, to pay $74 million in compensatory and punitive damages to two Marines and their family members over the 1983 terrorist bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut Lebanon, finding that the pair had shown they suffered severely as a result of the attack.

Judge John D. Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia awarded the damages to Michael Ewan, David Seeyle and members of the Ewan family. The Court found Michael Ewan and David Seelye had proven they had suffered injuries stemming from Hezbollah’s April 1983 car bombing attack on the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, and that Iran was liable for the attack due to its material support of Hezbollah, the Islamist militant group long designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the US government.

In its Opinion, Judge Bates said, “the court concludes that plaintiffs have demonstrated severe loss and hardship as a result of Iran’s involvement.”

The Islamic Republic of Iran has long been designated by the US State Department as a State Sponsor of Terrorism and therefore does not enjoy sovereign immunity under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. Iran is the worst sponsor of terror in the world.

In addition to the compensatory damages, the Court awarded punitive damages, “to recognize the full scope of the damage caused by Iran’s actions,” said Judge Bates.

The Plaintiffs are represented Richard D. Heideman, Noel J. Nudelman and Tracy Reichman Kalik of Heideman Nudelman & Kalik PC., which is dedicated to holding sponsors of terror legally accountable. They said the ruling was “an important victory for the Marines who lost life and limb as a direct result of the Iranian sponsored bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.”

Heideman, Nudelman & Kalik also stated “Iran continues to be the largest state sponsor of terror in the world and as such deserves to be singled out for their sponsorship of heinous acts of murder,” the attorneys said. “This judgment stands to hold Iran accountable for its unconscionable and heinous support of terrorism. We trust that the court’s decision will provide some measure of justice for these victims.”

About Heideman Nudelman & Kalik PC
The law firm of Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, PC. (www.HNKlaw.com), based in Washington, DC, is a global firm with affiliates in various parts of the world. Richard D. Heideman, Noel J. Nudelman, Tracy R. Kalik and other members, associates and affiliates of the firm have extensive experience in complex litigation. The firm has served as lead counsel in numerous cases on behalf of victims of terror and their family members who have been killed or injured in terrorist attacks throughout the world. The firm has successfully brought cases against Libya, the Syrian Arab Republic, The Islamic Republic of Iran, the PA/PLO, Arab Bank, PLC and others accused of funding or providing material support for terror and continues committed to seeking justice on behalf of Americans who have suffered at the hands of terrorists, their sponsors, supporters and funders.


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