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What if terrorists struck in South Florida? Say a terrorist cell simultaneously destroys cruise ships at the Port of Miami and Port Everglades, killing scores of people and injuring hundreds while scuttling ship operations for months. The terrorists either died during the suicide mission or escaped and there’s no way to trace the identity of the attack’s sponsors. Unlike Sept. 11, Congress sets up no fund to pay the economic damages incurred by the victims of these attacks. The question is, who would be liable? Who would the victims and their families sue? And how would you do it? The Daily Business Review recently posed this hypothetical situation to some of South Florida’s top litigators at a seminar titled “Winning Litigation Strategies.” Their answers offered a roadmap for how lawyers might approach the task of deciding who would be liable in the event of such an attack, and how a team of plaintiff attorneys might go about collecting damages for victims and their families. Analysts say the United States is ripe for another 9-11-style attack in the wake of the war in Iraq, and that the private and public sectors are now on notice that they must tighten security and protect their workplaces, employees and customers from terrorism. Panelists at the seminar, held at the Hyatt Regency Miami, were:

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