NY Judge: Al-Qaeda Owes $9.3B Damages determined for 9/11 attacks By Mark Russell, Newser Staff Posted Oct 15, 2011 5:29 AM CDT 15 comments Comments One of the World Trade Center's twin towers collapses on 9/11. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Somebody tell al-Qaeda to get out its checkbook. A federal judge yesterday ruled that the terrorist organization owes $9.3 billion for the damage caused to businesses and properties in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, reports the AP. Several insurance companies started their suit in 2003 versus a variety of defendants, seeking compensation for the attack on the World Trade Center. The judge determined actual damages, then tripled them for punitive compensation.