CASES OF INTEREST
Monegasque De Reassurances
S.A.M. (Monde Re) v. Nak Naftogaz of Ukraine and Ukraine, 311 F.3d 488 (2d Cir.
$88 Million contract dispute between AO Gazprom of Russia and NAK Naftogaz
a Ukrainian company for the transportation of natural gas by pipeline across
Ukraine to various destinations in Europe. Issues involved the jurisdiction
of US courts in enforcing arbitration awards rendered in a foreign jurisdiction
and issues of forum non conveniens.
Litigations Against German and Austrian Industry.
A series of class actions instituted to recover
compensation for 1.5 million survivors of the Nazi forcible
deportations during W.W.II. International negotiations between
the US, Germany, Israel, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Poland,
Russia and Ukraine and class action attorneys resulted in a 10 Billion DM
Church of the USA, Archbishop Antony, et. als. v. Luchejko et.
Litigation instituted by the Archbishop Antony and by the Ukrainian Orthodox
Church of the USA against the Holy Ascension Parish in Clifton NJ in an
attempt to appoint the Parish’s Board of Trustees and thereby control its
physical assets - title to which is with the parish. This action was
taken in retaliation for the Parish questioning the validity of the secret
1994 “Points of Agreement” entered into by the UOC-USA hierarchs and the
Patriarch of Constantinople. The Parish resisted the litigation stating that
Points of Agreement constituted an unlawful abandonment of the historical
autocephaly (independence) of the UOC-USA and that in the Ukrainian Orthodox
Church property rights were solely those of the Parish. Issues include res
judicata, estoppel, standing to sue, jurisdiction of civil courts over religious
entities, and 1st and 14th amendment constitutional questions.