The Arab Bank is seen in Beirut, Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices Wednesday signaled concern about allowing companies to be sued under American law for human rights abuses abroad in a case involving allegations that Arab Bank PLC helped finance militant attacks in Palestine and Israel.The plaintiffs asked the Supreme Court to overturn a 2015 New York federal appeals court ruling that Arab Bank could not be sued under a U.S. law called the Alien Tort Statute, which dates back to 1789, because it is a corporation.In a separate case, a jury in 2014 found Arab Bank liable for facilitating two dozen militant attacks in Israel.The plaintiffs say the relevant corporate activity in the Arab Bank case took place in the United States, thus not foreclosed by the Supreme Court's previous decision.
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