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
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.