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Monday, March 7, 2011

How to Serve Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda

Plaintiffs have sued two classes of defendants. The first class is the foreign State defendants, Iran, and Iraq. The second class consists of individual terrorists and terrorist organizations including Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and the Taliban, a/k/a the former Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

As to both classes, if plaintiffs know the specific address of a particular defendant, service will be made by conventional means pursuant to Fed.R. Civ. P. 4. As to foreign states, their agencies and instrumentalities, service will be effectuated pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 4(j) and 28 U.S.C. § 1608. However, a number of the named defendants cannot be located. Therefore, alternative methods to effectuate service of process upon these defendants, as set forth on “Exhibit A”, pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 4(f)(3), are fully warranted.

See full motion and order here.

Posted by Jeff Karotkin