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Lebanese Bank Is Sued For No KeyBank Wire, Says No Law Requires, Blames Central Bank

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 20 – Jamal Hammoud has sued Societe Generale de Banque Au Liban for refusing to transfer his money by wire to his account in the US at KeyBank.   SGBL removed the case to Federal court.

 It has been assigned to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil.

 On June 18 - Juneteenth (observed), when most of the SDNY court was closed - SGBL past 8 pm filed a motion to dismiss, which Inner City Press at the SDNY found in the docket.  

SGBL is arguing both that nothing in Lebanese law requires it to wire transfer money at a depositor's request - and that Lebanese Central Bank capital controls imposed in response to the financial crisis that started in 2019 preclude the requested wires. Money for nothing?

The case is Hammoud v. Societe Generale de Banque Au Liban, 20-cv-106 (Vyskocil)


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