Washington, DC – Top Court Won’t Hear Holocaust Claim Case

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    Washington, DC – The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from Holocaust survivors in the U.S. who claim they have been cheated out of a fair share of a $1.25 billion settlement over looted assets.
    Justices had been asked to review a federal judge’s decision to split up the money in part based on need. Under the formula, survivors living in the former Soviet Union could get more money than those in California or Florida. At issue in the appeal was the settlement to a group known as the Looted Assets Class. U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn set aside a greater percentage of money for destitute survivors living in the former Soviet Union.

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    Miami attorney Samuel Dubbin told justices that the distribution formula for part of the settlement ignores the needs of as many as 45,000 poor U.S. Holocaust survivors. Survivors should have been treated equally, Dubbin said. But New York lawyer Burt Neuborne, the court-appointed representative for survivors worldwide, told justices that U.S. survivors have gotten more than their fair share. More than $875 million has been distributed to about 400,000 people, he said, including $190 million to people in the United States.


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