A federal appeals court has dealt a major blow to descendants of Armenian genocide victims, ruling that a California law that had opened the door to multimillion-dollar settlements against life insurance companies is unconstitutional. The 9th Circuit ruled 2-1 that U.S. foreign policy, which does not officially recognize the genocide, pre-empts California's statute. The ruling came one day after the panel used the same reasoning to strike down a law meant to help heirs to artwork allegedly stolen by the Nazis.
9th Circuit Rules Armenian Genocide Claims Pre-empted by U.S. Foreign Policy
The National Law Journal
August 24, 2009