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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tweeting and Terrorists: A Connection?

Q: Can social media companies be held liable in personal injury and wrongful death actions resulting from terrorist acts?

In the years since ISIS has launched frequent global terrorist attacks, people all over the world live in fear of when the next event occur. Will it be in an airport or train station abroad, or a marathon or nightclub at home?

For the families of some victims killed in the Brussels airport and metro bombings, the Paris attack, and countless others events at home and abroad, the shock, grief, and disbelief turned to anger, frustration, and the need for justice and accountability.

That need for justice has led some survivors of the fallen to file a wrongful death actions against “online conglomerates” such as Twitter and others for a "allowing the rise of ISIS".

Specifically, the family of Nohemi Gonzalez,  one of the victims who died in the November 2015 Paris attack, joined the fiancé of New Yorker Alexander Pinczowski, a victim killed in the March 2016 Brussels airport bombing in a ground-breaking lawsuit. The joint suit by these two families is the second such novel action and comes hot on the heels of the first lawsuit which was filed in December by the relatives of three victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre last October in Orlando.

In these innovative lawsuits, families are accusing the social media companies of knowing and allowing the Islamic State to "flourish" on the networks, recruiting and spreading propaganda and providing ISIS with "material support" in the radicalization of terrorist shooters and bombers. They claim the companies "knowingly permit" ISIS militants on the network.

In a wrongful death suit, the plaintiff must prove the defendant’s liability – that their family member’s death was the result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions or inactions of another person or entity. Liability for injuries in a personal injury suit must be similarly proven.

In a personal injury or wrongful death action, you may be entitled to compensatory damages for your losses. Such damages may include current and future medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering. In addition, and depending on the circumstances, punitive damages may be sought as well. In the event of a death, expenses of the final medical and funeral expenses, lost income, loss of companionship and support may be recoverable depending on the survivor’s relationship to the victim.

If you or a loved one has been injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of the negligent, reckless or intentional actions or inactions of another person or entity, the Goldstein Law Firm in the Bronx, New York can help you recover financially while you focus on coping with your loss. Call us at 718-239-0239 for a free consultation. We represent clients all over New York as well as those injured while visiting New York.


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