Just four days after returning from a three-week trip to China, Royce Lamberth, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, published a massive 118-page opinion that keeps the Bank of China as a defendant in a civil terrorism suit.

On Oct. 20, Lamberth said the Bank of China, represented by K&L Gates, is not immune from suit in an April 2006 terrorist bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel, that killed several people in a restaurant. The plaintiffs, represented by Brooklyn, N.Y., solo practitioner Robert Tolchin, allege that the Bank of China knew millions of dollars in financial services with officers and agents for an alleged Palestinian foreign terrorist organization would be used to carry out attacks.

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