Just in time for the picking of a new pope, the 9th Circuit decided Monday that Holocaust survivors can pursue the Vatican Bank for profiting from a Nazi puppet regime. The decision revives a previously dismissed class action for potentially hundreds of thousands of victims, according to plaintiffs attorneys. Plaintiffs lawyer Thomas Easton said he hopes the Catholic church takes advantage of the timing and agrees to settle: "I would think a new pope might want to clean the decks of this kind of stuff."
9th Circuit OKs Suit Against Vatican Over Holocaust
April 19, 2005