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The Conference for Material Claims Against Germany, Inc.
Ms. Gabriele Hammerstein, the surviving
member of a wealthy German Jewish family forced to flee the
Nazi onslaught while abandoning all of their personal and business
assets, seeks to recover damages alleged to be caused her by
the defendant, an organization created to facilitate restitution
to Jewish holocaust survivors. She claims that the Jewish Claims
Conference interfered with her claims to a large estate in the
former East Germany, and that the Claims Conference filed for
a substantial business asset (a sanitarium) which she neglected
to file for, thereafter asserting that notwithstanding that
they acknowledged her rights as heir to such assets, they would
not turn the rights to the asset over to her.
ZEK has filed an action in the Supreme Court of the State of
New York in Manhattan. The Claims conference moved to transfer
the case to Germany. This motion was initially granted by the
Court, but ZEK moved for reargument; upon such reargument.,
the Court reversed itself and denied the motion to dismiss in
favor of a German forum. The Court has recently, as reported
recently on the front page of the New York Law Journal, refused
summary judgment to the defendant, and the case is proceeding.