MANHATTAN (CN) – A federal judge dismissed Holocaust survivors’ class-action claim that the Republic of France and its railroad company stole thousands of Jews’ property as they were being deported to Nazi-run concentration camps. “(T)he court concludes that the bounds of its jurisdiction are not coterminous with the moral force of Plaintiffs’ claims,’ U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan wrote.
Judge Sullivan ruled: “(T)he Court finds that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction to adjudicate Plaintiffs’ claims under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act … and that, even if jurisdiction were proper, the case presents serious justiciability issues that make abstention appropriate. Accordingly, Defendants’ motions to dismiss are granted.”
Suing for the class of Holocaust deportees and their heirs, Lead plaintiff Mathilde Freund sued The Republic of France, the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français, and the Caisses des Dépôts et Consignations.
Plaintiffs’ lead counsel was Harriet Tamen. France’s lead counsel was Jeremy Goldman Epstein with Shearman & Sterling.