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Bennett v. Islamic Repub. of Iran, No. 09-5147

By FindLaw Staff on September 15, 2010 9:07 AM

In Bennett v. Islamic Repub. of Iran, No. 09-5147, proceedings arising from a deadly bombing in Jerusalem, wherein plaintiffs sought to satisfy a default judgment against the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iranian Ministry of Information and Security, the court affirmed the district court's order quashing writs of attachment against five of Iran's former diplomatic properties located in the District of Columbia, holding that section 201 of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act precluded the attachments.

As the court wrote:  "To satisfy a default judgment against the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Iranian Ministry of Information and Security, Michael and Linda Bennett obtained writs of attachment against five of Iran's former diplomatic properties located in the District of Columbia. The United States intervened and moved to quash the writs on the ground that section 201 of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act precluded the attachments. The district court granted the government's motion, and we affirm."

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