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Jonathan H Levy

Jonathan Levy’s Legal Cases

8 total

  • Alperin vs. Vatican Bank and Franciscan Order

    Practice Area:
    International Law
    Outcome:
    Reversed and remanded
    Description:
    In a 2-1 decision issued on April 18, 2005, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that certain Holocaust survivors could proceed at the pleading stage with their class action lawsuit against the Vatican Bank for return of property looted by Nazi allies during World War II, which allegedly was deposited in that bank. The court rejected defendants’ contention that the claims raised political questions that the courts were constitutionally prohibited from adjudicating. Even though the Vatican Bank may be an instrumentality of the Holy See in the sovereign Vatican City, the court ruled that “claims for conversion, unjust enrichment, restitution and an accounting with respect to lost and looted property are not committed to the political branches.” Thus, this case has implications for any foreign business facing war-related or human rights based property claims in United States courts. See www.vaticanbankclaims.com
  • Cabinda v. Angola (African Commission on on Human and Peoples' Rights)

    Practice Area:
    International Law
    Outcome:
    Pending before African Union
    Description:
    Citing an Angolan grab for disputed oil and mineral resources and the growing threat of an all-out war, the Republic of Cabinda, FLEC-FAC (Front for the Liberation of the State of Cabinda - Armed Forces of Cabinda), and The National Bank of Cabinda have filed an urgent request for intervention by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. Cabinda has asked the African Union's Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights to appoint a special rapporteur and lend its good offices towards urgently settling the dispute.
  • Levy v. CIA

    Practice Area:
    International Law
    Date:
    Jul 15, 2001
    Outcome:
    Declassification of secret files by CIA and Army
    Description:
    The Freedom of Information case filed by Levy was transferred from San Francisco federal court to Cincinnati. "It's pretty interesting, but it's not like reading a novel," said assistant U.S. Attorney Gerald F. Kaminski, who handled the case. Former Undersecretary of State Stuart E. Eizenstat led a government panel in the late 1990s that delved into classified U.S. documents about gold and valuables looted by the Nazis. He said Dragonovic has been a shadowy figure since the end of World War II, and up until now there was no proof that he had been on the U.S. payroll. Eizenstat said Dragonovic's name repeatedly turns up in U.S. and British intelligence records from the late 1940s as someone who controlled a stash of wartime loot. But there was nothing his panel obtained in CIA and Pentagon files that confirmed suspicions that he had been an American spy. "We tried to get as much material declassified as possible. We still knew there was additional material. They [intelligence agencies] were concerned about protecting their sources," Eizenstat said. "What this shows is that after the war . . . they were often playing both sides against the middle." More at http://www.vaticanbankclaims.com/pd.htm
  • Levy v United States Postal Service

    Practice Area:
    International Law
    Outcome:
    Investigation for Terrorism Closed, File Obtained
    Description:
    Client was accused of sending three white powder anthrax letter death threats from England to law enforcement officials in California. Freedom of Information Act requests and lawsuit obtained closure of case, client cleared as suspect and partial release of government investigation obtained. (Levy v. USPS, Case No 06-1007, USDC for District of Columbia)
  • In Re Chen Shui-bian

    Practice Area:
    International Law
    Outcome:
    Writ of Mandamus pending
    Description:
    Writ of Mandamus filed by the former president of the Republic of China seeking his release from prison in Taiwan.
  • Rhodes v. MacDonald

    Practice Area:
    Appeals
    Outcome:
    Pending in 11 th Circuit
    Description:
    Appeal of Rule 11 sanctions against leading public interest attorney Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq by the Middle District Court of Georgia.
  • Levy v. Surrey Police

    Practice Area:
    International Law
    Date:
    May 24, 2010
    Outcome:
    UK Information Commissioner found for Petitioner
    Description:
    In a United Kingdom Freedom of Information Act appeal - the UK Information Commissioner found that the Surrey Police had violated the UK freedom of Information Act when it withheld information regarding anthrax threats impacting Dr. Levy's client.
  • Holocaust Victim Gold and the EU/Vatican Monetary Agreement

    Practice Area:
    International Law
    Date:
    Nov 17, 2010
    Outcome:
    pending
    Description:
    Holocaust survivors represented by Dr. Jonathan Levy from former Yugoslavia are seeking a European Commission audit of the Vatican bank which is alleged to be holding Nazi gold.