| WASHINGTON, June 30
WASHINGTON, June 30 The U.S. Supreme Court on
Monday left intact a lower court ruling that requires
Jordan-based Arab Bank Plc to supply documents in
lawsuits accusing it of providing services to groups the United
States brands as terrorist organizations.
The court rejected Arab Bank's appeal of a U.S. federal
judge's ruling against it for failing to turn over the
documents. Plaintiffs accuse the bank of providing banking
services to front groups for Hamas and other militant groups the
United States has put on its list of terrorist organizations.
Arab Bank said the judge's ruling was forcing it to choose
between running afoul of the U.S. court and violating bank
secrecy laws in Jordan, Lebanon and other countries.
The lawsuits were brought by U.S. citizens and foreign
nationals who were the victims or the family members of victims
of attacks blamed on Hamas in Israel and the Palestinian
territories between 1994 and 2005.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in January 2013 upheld
the decision by U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon, who ruled that
a jury could take into account the fact the bank had withheld
certain documents when reaching a verdict.
The Obama administration had urged the court not to hear the
In court filings, Arab Bank cited a U.S. district judge it
says ruled on the same evidence in another case that there was
no proof that anything but routine financial services were
provided to charities alleged to be front organizations. That
judge found that many of the same entities received grants from
the U.S. government when they held accounts with Arab Bank, the
The case is Arab Bank v. Linde, U.S. Supreme Court, No.
(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)