Slavery Reparations Case to be Heard Sept. 27 in Chicago Courtroom

September 13, 2006

Oral arguments in the landmark slavery reparations cases against corporations will take place on Sept. 27, 2006, 9:30 a.m., in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, at 219 South Dearborn Street in Chicago, Illinois.

The cases were filed by plaintiffs around the United States in 2002, and consolidated in a Federal Court in Chicago, Illinois.

Lead plaintiff in the case is Deadria Farmer-Paellmann, pioneer of the Corporate Restitution Movement, who first exposed Aetna Inc. in 2000 for its role in writing life insurance policies on the lives of slaves with slave-owners as the beneficiaries.

Plaintiffs are demanding that a humanitarian trust fund be created rather than individual payments.

Various corporations are defendants including: Aetna Inc., American International Group (AIG), Lloyd’s of London, New York Life Insurance Company, Southern Mutual Insurance Company, FleetBoston Financial Corporation (Bank of America), AFSA Data Corporation, Brown Brothers Harriman, JP Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank (Bank One), Lehman Brothers, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, Brown and Williamson, Liggett Group Inc., Loews Corporation (Lorrilard), Canadian National Railway, CSX Corporation, Norfolk Southern Corp., and Union Pacific Railroad.

Source: Restitition Study Group

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