Bar News - September 22, 2006
Hearing on Lawsuit for Slavery Reparations
Oral arguments in the landmark slavery reparations cases against corporations takes place Sept. 27, 2006, in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Chicago. The cases were filed by plaintiffs around the United States in 2002, and consolidated in a federal court in Chicago.
Lead plaintiff in the case is Deadria Farmer-Paellmann, pioneer of the Corporate Restitution Movement, who first exposed Aetna, Inc. in 2000 for its role in writing life insurance policies on the lives of slaves with slave-owners as the beneficiaries. Several state and local “Slavery Era Disclosure Laws” have been passed supporting her effort to learn the truth about corporate complicity in slavery, and secure restitution to benefit descendants of enslaved Africans. Plaintiffs are demanding that a humanitarian trust fund be created rather than individual payments.
To further research the issue, case documents can be found at: www.onestudent.us.