New York, NY (PRWEB) September 12, 2006
Oral arguments in the landmark slavery reparations cases against corporations will take place on September 27, 2006, 9:30 a.m., in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, at 219 South Dearborn Street in Chicago, Illinois.
The cases were filed by plaintiffs around the United States in 2002, and consolidated in a Federal Court in Chicago, Illinois. Various corporations are defendants including: JP Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank, Bank of America, Aetna Inc., New York Life Insurance Company, and CSX railway (see complete list below*).
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.
Farmer-Paellmann and other plaintiffs in the landmark cases will attend the court arguments:
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at 9:30 a.m.
United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Illinois
219 South Dearborn Street
Case name: Farmer-Paellmann, et. al. v. Brown and Williamson
Case number: CV 05-3265
A clip on Cain Wall, one of the plaintiffs in the case -- a 108-year-old man who was enslaved in the United States until the 1960's -- can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6yLcmGjeug.
Footage from original case filing, can be found here: http://video.wtnh.com/news/2002/mar/clips/03262002-slave.ram
*Defendants include: Aetna Inc., American International Group (AIG), Lloyd's of London, New York Life Insurance Company, Southern Mutual Insurance Company, FleetBoston Financial Corporation (Bank of America), AFSA Data Corporation, Brown Brothers Harriman, JP Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank (Bank One), Lehman Brothers, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, Brown and Williamson, Liggett Group Inc., Loews Corporation (Lorrilard), Canadian National Railway, CSX Corporation, Norfolk Southern Corp., and Union Pacific Railroad.
Case Documents can be found at: http://www.onestudent.us.