IJDH, BAI and KKWT filed a class action suit in New York against the UN in October 2013 on behalf of a putative class of all people injured or killed by cholera. The suit requested declaratory relief as well as actual, injunctive, compensatory and punitive damages, including remediation of waterways and provision for adequate sanitation including 2.2 billion required to eradicate cholera. In August of 2016, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the federal court’s dismissal of the claims.
A chronology of our litigation is as follows:
On October 9, 2013, BAI, IJDH, and law firm Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzelli & Pratt filed a lawsuit against the UN in NY Federal Court. Click here for a full timeline of the events that led up to this.On October 23, 2014 a judge heard oral arguments on the question of UN immunity. On January 9, 2015, the judge dismissed our case. On February 12, 2015, we filed a notice of appeal to begin the appeals process. On May 27, 2015, we filed the Plaintiffs’ Principal Appellate Brief. On August 26, 2015, the United States filed an Amicus Curiae Brief in support of affirmance. On September 25, 2015, we filed the Appellants Reply Brief. On March 1, 2016, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments. On August 18, 2016, the Court upheld the United Nations’ immunity from claims. We did not appeal to the Supreme Court.