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PA Is Sued For Pizzeria Attack Citing Pay To Slay Provision of 2019 Law Patton Boggs Flurry

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 29 – The PLO and Palestinian Authority have been sued for a previous terrorist attack, with the "Pay to Slay" provision of a 2019 statute cited.

 On April 29, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil held a proceeding. Inner City Press live tweeted it, here:

The plaintiffs, citing a terrorist bombing of pizzeria in Karnei Shomrom, are represented by Abbe Lowell. The PLO is repped by Squire Patton Boggs, a firm that also lobbies.  

There is a discovery dispute. The defendants (PLO) are opposing the plaintiffs getting five depositions.   

Judge Vyskocil: The flurry of letter writing must come to an end.Most of the letters are from Squire Patton Boggs. So my comments are directed at them. That said, discovery under Rule 56 is premature and is denied without prejudice. And 200 requests for admission are too much. 

Plaintiffs' lawyer: Our understanding is that the defendants' payments for terrorist acts continue long after the act. So we've asked for information about the payments.  Plaintiffs' lawyer: We've focused on what we call the "Pay for Slay" provision of the statute.

Judge: Let me hear from defendants, Squire Patton Boggs. 

Defense: How about a 30b6 deposition, so we can know if we are going to run into issues of immunity. Immunity?

The case is Shatsky et al v. The Palestine Liberation Organization et al., 18-cv-12355 (Vyskocil)


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