In 2000, the hostages and their families tried to sue Iran, unsuccessfully, under the Antiterrorism
Act. They originally won the case when Iran failed to provide defense, but the U.S. State Department tried to put an end to
the suit, fearing that it would make international relations difficult. As a result, a federal judge ruled that nothing could
be done to repay the damages the hostages faced due to the agreement they made when the hostages were freed.
Various allegations have been made over the years concerning a deal between the Reagan kitchen cabinet
and Iran, in order to delay the release of the hostages until after the US election of 1980. Although Senate and House investigations
in the 1990s declared the allegations to be untrue, although, the conspiracy's existence or lack remains a hot topic and subject