The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday reversed the district court s dismissal of a class action lawsuit against French bank BNP Paribas over aiding atrocities in Sudan.
The lawsuit was brought in 2016 by 21 refugees from Sudan s ethnic-cleansing campaign alleging that the bank conspired with and aided and abetted the Sudanese regime. The plaintiffs complaint alleges that BNP processed thousands of illegal transactions through its New York offices, which financed weapons purchases and funded a militia in a well-documented genocidal campaign.
The reversal comes nearly five years after BNP pleaded guilty to committing large-scale violations of sanctions against Sudan, Cuba and Iran, which resulted in a record $8.97 billion fine.
Circuit Judge Barrington Parker wrote the opinion, which held that the claim is indeed subject to judicial review because the lower court misapplied the act of state doctrine and erroneously determined that the Adult Plaintiffs claims were untimely. ...