Well, can’t say that judge didn’t take it seriously. Looks like he’ll be personally involved - on the surface at least - in trying to get what they can for the families.
If Iran paid the amount after a judge found it to be an intentional act of terrorism, would that not be them confirming the accusation of being a state sponsor of terror?
Even if Iran was inclined to pay it, would it be in their best interest to do so. (Money aside.)
I think we all know Iran did NOT shoot down the airliner intentionally. Not a single benefit comes from that.
I’m guessing it got shot down by accident, and freaking out senior people (who weren’t thinking clearly) then tried to hide the entire thing altogether. Including bulldozing the crash site.