Before his ouster, Edward Fagan successfully represented thousands of “Holocaust” survivors and their descendents in restitution lawsuits over bank accounts and property confiscated from “Nazi” victims during Hitler’s occupation of Europe. Fagan’s reputation and business, however, began to decline after former clients accused him of negligence and fraud.
Fagan was dismissed from the New York and New Jersey Bars in 2008, after a federal judge found no trace of a Holocaust survivor group Fagan purported to represent and imposed sanctions that Fagan could not pay…
U.S. District Judge James Cohn dismissed the action in July after Fagan failed to get a licensed attorney to represent Victims of Holocaust Art Theft. Cohn ruled that Fagan could not represent the organization on a pro se basis because it was controlled by at least one other person.
Though Fagan had argued that Victims was not a separate legal entity, but rather a fictitious name that he was using to litigate his individual claims, the judge concluded that the ex-attorney was likely using the entity to represent other persons’ interests in the litigation, despite his disbarment.
The same day that the court dismissed the lawsuit, Fagan filed a second action, claiming to represent only his interest in the artwork, which he had allegedly acquired from Klepetar.
Cohn again concluded that Fagan’s pro se lawsuit was a transparent attempt to litigate other people’s claims without a license…
Fagan is no stranger to the tactic of acquiring a partial interest in “Nazi”-looted art for the sole purpose of pursuing restitution lawsuits, according to the ruling. This same behavior previously attracted sanctions from a Manhattan federal judge and led to his disbarment…
Highlights of Fagan’s Career
1995 Holocaust lawsuits against Swiss banks – While several hundred people and German and American representatives waited, Ed Fagan, still wearing an ABCNEWS 20/20 microphone, could be heard “haggling over the fees, and then boasting of his success”. He was recorded saying, “I got the legal fees up, … We did great, we did great we just got another, we just got some more money.”
2002 Slavery class action lawsuit (or the “Not Aaron Lopez Lawsuit”)
2002 Apartheid lawsuit against Swiss and U.S. banks (or the “Not Israeli Apartheid Lawsuit”)
2004 Artwork lawsuit against Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG – In 2004, Fagan filed a federal lawsuit in Manhattan for a non-existent group called the Association of Holocaust Victims for Restitution of Artwork & Masterpieces. Judge Kram noted that the “plaintiff organization AHVRAM did not exist,” Fagan’s “lack of preparation and professionalism, his ‘glaringly inadequate filings,’ and the fact that he deceived the court”. Fagan’s failure to pay the more than $350,000 in fines and litigation costs to the Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG led to his bankruptcy and disbarment.
2004 Slave trade lawsuit against Lloyd’s of London – Fagan’s interest in financial compensation was immediately criticized by Kofi Mawuli Klu, the Chair of the Pan-Afrikan Taskforce
2005 Indian Ocean tsunami victims lawsuit – The lawsuit was directed against the Thai government, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the French hotel group Sofitel, blaming them for insufficient quake and tsunami warnings.
Other highlights: Malpractice, Sexual conduct investigation, Disbarment in New Jersey and New York, Bankruptcy
Source (via David Irving)
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