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U.S. Judge Dismisses Case Against U.N. Over Cholera In Haiti; Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Vow To Appeal

Associated Press: U.S. judge tosses lawsuit vs. U.N. over Haiti cholera outbreak
“The United Nations is immune from a lawsuit seeking compensation for victims of a deadly cholera outbreak, a U.S. judge said Friday in dismissing a case that government lawyers said could open the international body to an onslaught of litigation…” (Peltz, 1/9).

New York Times: Haiti: Judge Throws Out Cholera Suit Against U.N.
“…Judge J. Paul Oetken dismissed a class-action lawsuit by Haitians against the United Nations, deeming the organization immune because of treaties. Lawyers for the plaintiffs vowed to appeal. ‘The court’s decision implies that the U.N. can operate with impunity,’ said Beatrice Lindstrom, a lawyer with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, which helped file the lawsuit in October 2013…” (Gladstone, 1/10).

Reuters: U.S. judge rules Haitians cannot sue U.N. for cholera epidemic
“…Oetken wrote that the U.N.’s ability to block lawsuits was established by a 1946 international convention and was made clear again in a 2010 ruling from a U.S. appeals court in a case of alleged sex discrimination…” (Ingram/Charbonneau, 1/10).

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