US judge drops Saudi Binladin Group in Sept. 11 lawsuits

NEW YORK - A Saudi construction firm founded in the 1930s by the father of the late al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden cannot be sued for damages over the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, a US judge ruled on Wednesday.
Manhattan federal court judge George Daniels ruled against plaintiffs who said the Saudi Binladin Group, one of the largest construction firms in Saudi Arabia, helped fund bin Laden's militant activities leading up to the 2001 attacks.
The move dismisses claims against the Binladin Group in six different lawsuits in which survivors, relatives and others are seeking damages from defendants they accuse of aiding the attacks.
The judge ruled that the Binladin Group's "alleged support of Osama bin Laden before 1993 is too temporally remote to establish jurisdiction."