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U.S. Hostages in Iran Are Denied Damages

A federal appeals court ruled today that the Americans held in Iran for more than 400 days beginning in 1979 cannot receive damages from Tehran because the agreement that freed them barred such lawsuits. The ruling from a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld an order from a lower court issued last year. In December 2000, a class action lawsuit against Iran was filed on behalf of former hostages seeking $8 billion in assets and other monies from Iran frozen by the United States Treasury. The suit was filed under a 1996 law, the Antiterrorism Act, which allows legal action against countries that the United States government accuses of sponsoring terrorism against Americans. Full Story

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