Restoration of Legal Rights for Claimants under Holocaust-Era Insurance Policies Act of 2010

December 15, 2010
December 15, 2010
Referred to Senate (sub)committee

No cosponsors

Would allow Holocaust survivors and their heirs to sue insurance companies for unpaid Holocaust-era policies, regardless of any executive agreement entered by the U.S. and a foreign country. The U.S. signed two such agreements with Germany and Austria which prohibited these lawsuits from being heard in U.S. courts. In exchange, holders of these policies or their heirs were permitted to submit claims to the International Commission for Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, which would investigate them and seek payment from insurance companies on behalf of the claimants.

The bill was opposed by several Jewish groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Committee, and the World Jewish Congress, because of fears that the lawsuits would disrupt negotiations with Germany to pay out millions of dollars in compensation to Holocaust survivors.

See also: companion measure H.R. 4596 of 2/4/10 and related measure H.R. 6347.

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