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RWL Wins Major Victory Over the Republic of Hungary and Hungarian National Railroad

RWL Wins Major Victory Over the Republic of Hungary and Hungarian National Railroad

RWL partners Chuck Fax and Liesel Schopler recently won a major victory over the Republic of Hungary and its national railroad in a class action suit brought on behalf of Holocaust survivors. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed the District of Columbia District Court’s dismissal on forum and procedural grounds. In a strongly worded opinion for the Court filed by Circuit Judge Patricia Millett, she wrote, “Winston Churchill described the brutal genocidal expropriations, deportations, and mass exterminations of Hungarian Jews at Nazi death camps as ‘probably the greatest and most horrible crime ever committed in the history of the world.’ The district court erred in declining to exercise statutorily conferred jurisdiction over the Survivors’ effort to obtain some measure of reparation for those injuries both by wrongly requiring them to adjudicate their claims in Hungary first, and by misapplying the law governing the forum non conveniens analysis.” The case is Simon v. Republic of Hungary.

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