Federal judge denies bid to revive slavery reparations suit

[JURIST] A federal judge in Chicago dismissed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking reparations from several companies that benefitted or profited from slavery prior to its abolition. US District Judge Charles R. Norgle [official profile] ruled that a geneological tie was not enough to show injury, that the suit was brought too late, and finally that the issue is one for legislators, not judges. The Chicago Sun-Times has local coverage and opinion excerpts. The suit was dismissed with prejudice [AP report], but an appeal to the Seventh Circuit is being planned.

 

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