ABA Asks Congress To Repeal Civil War-Era Venue Statute

Law360, New York (February 11, 2013, 8:38 PM EST) -- A Civil War-era statute designed to prevent former Confederate soldiers from bringing multiple property claims against the federal government has unfairly posed procedural obstacles to plaintiffs bringing suits in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and should be repealed, the American Bar Association said Monday.

The ABA adopted a recommendation at its annual midyear meeting in Dallas, asking Congress to nix the 1868 statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1500, which bars the federal claims court from hearing suits brought by plaintiffs who are also pursuing similar cases...
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