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Chabad v. Russia

Agudas Chasidei Chabad v. Russian Federation, 466 F.Supp.2d 6 (D.D.C. 2006), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, remanded by, 528 F.3d 934 (D.C. Cir. 2008), mot. for entry of default judgment granted, 729 F. Supp. 2d 141 (D.D.C. 2010), mot. granted in part, denied in part, 798 F. Supp. 2d 260 (D.D.C. 2011), mot. granted, 915 F. Supp. 2d 148 (D.D.C. 2013).

Agudas Chasidei Chabad, a successor to a worldwide organization of ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities with origins in Eastern Europe but incorporated in New York, brought suit in U.S. Federal Court against the Russian Federation and other Russian government entities to recover a collection of manuscripts, books, and documents that had belonged to their religious leaders (Rebbes) prior to WWII. When the defendant Russian Government withdrew from the case citing immunity and a default judgment was entered ...

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