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BNP Paribas Was Sued Under Swiss and Sudanese Law in 2016 Now Case Reassigned

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 9 – BNP Paribas was sued, and raised as part of its defense the laws of Switzerland and of Sudan. 

 On November 5, 2020 U.S. then-District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Alison J. Nathan held an oral argument. Inner City Press covered it.

 The case involves BNP violating Sudan sanctions, and the mass killing of civilians in Darfur and elsewhere by the then Omar al Bashir government, for which BNP claims to bear no responsibility.

  Going back from the docket, neither the complaint nor the amended complaint are available to the public.

But the Rule 44.1 notice of issues of foreign law is.

Jump cut to September 9, 2022, after Judge Nathan ascended to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The case was reassigned to District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein, who held a proceeding. Inner City Press again covered it.

  Now the parties described to District Judge Hellerstein how the case is being processed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer E. Willis.  Judge Hellerstein mulled when and where he will come in - on class certification and Daubert motions, he proposed. The response was that those are intertwined.

  Judge Hellerstein said to proceed before Magistrate Judge Willis, then return to him on March 31, 2023 at 10 am. with a proposed agenda and schedule.

The case is Kashef et al v. BNP Paribas SA et al., 16-cv-3228 (Hellerstein / Willis)


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