USS Cole victims: Sudan sued again

2010-04-20 11:10

Norfolk - Family members of the 17 sailors killed in the attack on the USS Cole have filed a new lawsuit against Sudan in federal court in Virginia.

Sixty- one plaintiffs are seeking $282.5m in damages for pain and suffering. The lawsuit was filed late last week in Norfolk.

Three years ago, 33 family members received about $13m in compensatory damages and interest after US District Judge Robert Doumar found Sudan liable for assisting the terrorists who attacked the destroyer at a Yemeni port in 2000. However, Doumar said federal law barred him from awarding punitive damages.

Congress has since passed legislation that allows families of terrorism victims to seek pain and suffering damages.