Schiff calls court decision a 'flawed legal conclusion'

Rep. Adam Schiff -- a longtime supporter of efforts to officially recognize the Armenian genocide -- called the decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday to nullify lawsuits against German insurance companiesseeking payouts on victims' policies "flawed."

The court ruled unanimously that decendents of genocide victims who took out policies from 1875 to 1923 cannot sue foreign companies because only the federal government has the power to bring them to U.S. courts.

"I am deeply disappointed and mystified by this decision and cannot see how the 9th Circuit could have reached such a flawed legal conclusion," Schiff said in a statement. "I will be studying the decision in the coming days and will be working with my friends in the Armenian-American community to determine next steps.

 "I was proud to submit an amicus brief on behalf of genocide victims and their families, and I am more than willing to do so again with the United States Supreme Court."


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-- Jason Wells, Times Community News

Twitter: @JasonBretWells

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