New York Judge Drops Binladen Group as 9/11 Defendant

A Manhattan judge has dismissed a construction company founded by Osama bin Laden’s father as a defendant in Sept. 11 lawsuits brought by families of terrorism victims and others.

Judge George Daniels dismissed the Saudi Binladen Group as a defendant Tuesday. The lawsuits were brought by more than 3,000 survivors of the 2001 attacks, relatives, victims’ representatives and insurance carriers. They allege that more than 200 defendants provided material support to terrorists.

The defendants include al-Qaida, its members and associates. The suit also names charities, banks, front organizations, terrorist organizations and financiers.

The judge said there was no evidence to support a claim that money from a now defunct U.S. subsidiary of Saudi Binladen Group reached terrorists. Lawyers in the case did not immediately respond to comment requests.