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BRAMA, March 7, 2001, 11:00pm EST


Ukrainian Forced/Slave Labor Class Action Litigation

Myroslaw Smorodsky, P.A.
Petro R. Stawnychy, P.A.

Smorodsky & Stawnychy
A Partnership of Professional Corporations
counsellors at law
75 Union Ave., p.o.box 1705
Rutherford, New Jersey 07070-1705
(201) 939-1999
fax: (201) 507-3970 
Internet E-Mail
myroslaw@smorodsky.com
WWW Site
www.smorodsky.com

Judges decision not to dismiss Holocaust banking cases should not deter forced laborers from filing applications

March 7, 2001 Today, Judge Shirley W. Kram of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, refused to dismiss certain Holocaust related litigations involving Austrian and German Banks. The decision was met with substantial disappointment both by the United States Government and plaintiffs lawyers, who had filed papers with the court setting forth the reasons why the matters should be dismissed. The dismissal of all litigations was a prerequisite of the Settlement Agreement with Germany and German industry before payment to former forced slave laborers could begin. Plaintiffs counsel are studying the courts decision to determine the appropriate legal steps to be taken so that the forced labor settlement agreement with German industry can be implemented.

In the interim, it urged that all forced laborers file their applications with the International Organization for Migration, 1752 N. Street, North West, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036, telephone number 1-866-443-5187. Please note that the deadline for filing applications remains August 1, 2001.

Although the decision of Judge Kram will delay the payments to victims, it is anticipated that all aspects of the settlement agreement will be implemented as expeditiously as possible.

Ukrainian Forced/Slave Labor
Class Action Litigation
 
Present status of the German settlement
[ENGLISH] [UKRAINIAN]
· German Settlement Documents
· International Organization for Migration (IOM) Forced Labor Website IOM Holocaust Victim Assets Programme (Swiss Banks) and German Forced Labour Compensation Programme

· Austrian Settlement Documents
· Austrian Application Notice

 
· Forced/Slave Labor Homepage
· Brama's UkraiNewstand
· News and Related Forced Labor & Holocaust Assets sites
 
Press Releases
· Sep 27 02 - US Court Increases Payments Under Swiss Banks Settlement; IOM will increase by 45% the amounts distributed to members of Slave Labour Class I and the Refugee Class [IOM]
· Sep 23 02 - IOM Pays Slave Labourers Under Swiss Banks Settlement: 436 members of certain persecuted groups have received full payment for their claims [IOM]
· Jul 26 02 - Extended Hotline Hours Improve IOM Service for German Forced Labor Claimants [IOM]
· Jun 15 02 - 17,000 slave and forced laborers worldwide have received first payments through IOM [IOM]
· Feb 7 02 - Many Claimants Lack Sufficient Documentation [IOM]
· Feb 1 02 - UECC (Philadelphia) is processing applications for Austrian Compensation
· Jan 30 02 - IOM paid almost 10 percent of presumably eligible claims
· Aug 22 01 - New Filing Deadline For Claims Under Swiss Banks Settlement
· May 10 01 - Judge Kram grants Central and East European countries request for emergency relief
· Mar 13 01 - IOM is ready to make payments but Recent US Court decision may further delay compensation
· Mar 7 01 - Judges decision not to dismiss Holocaust banking cases should not deter forced laborers from filing applications
· Mar 7 01 - U.S. Court Decision on Holocaust-Era Payments
· Jan 17 01 - Ukrainian American lawyer receives Presidential recognition
· Oct 29 00 - Austrian Forced Labor Compensation Agreements Signed
· Oct 29 00 - Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Maidannyk's speech at the signing of the Ukrainian-Austrian agreements
· Oct 18 00 - Update on German and Austrian Forced Labor Class Action Litigation
· Oct 18 00 - , (UkrCP1251)
· Jul 19 00 - Forced/Slave Labor Accord Signed After Lengthy Negotiations
· May 22 00 - Austrian Forced Labor Negotiations Progress Quickly
· Apr 21 00 - Questions regarding applying for forced labor compensation
· Mar 28 00 - AGREEMENT REACHED ON ALLOCATION OF THE GERMAN SLAVE-FORCED LABOR SETTLEMENT
· Jan 5 00 - Slave/forced Labor Settlement Reached
· Nov 30 99 - German Forced Labor Settlement at a Crossroads
· Oct 10 99 - Germans offer 6 Billion Marks as compensation to WW II victims
· Sept 15 99, Press Release - Appeal to Ukrainian Forced/Slave Laborers
· Aug 30 99, Press Release - GERMAN FORCED/SLAVE LABOR COMPENSATION NEGOTIATIONS TO CONTINUE IN OCTOBER
· Aug 15 99, Press Release - Ukrainian Forced/Slave Labor Class Action Litigation
· Aug 12 99, Press Release - Reparations Sought by Ukrainian Slave Laborers
 

 


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