The tug-of-war over money paid to victims in the 1986 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 made its way to Washington’s federal courthouse Thursday, as lawyers argued fiercely over whether the dispute should be sent into private arbitration.

For background on the dispute, see this BLT post about the case. But to sum up, sisters Gargi and Giatri Davé are battling with Crowell & Moring over whether the two women will get to keep millions of dollars in awards paid to them by the U.S. government as compensation for the injuries in the hijacking.

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