October 30, 1990 |
After years of litigation between a Palo Alto businessman and the Soviet Union, a settlement was reached on the American's lawsuit charging Moscow with libel for accusing him of being a spy and breach of contract, it was announced Monday. "I'm satisfied," the businessman, Raphael Gregorian, 61, said in a telephone interview. "It was a mutual decision." Gregorian's Los Angeles attorney, Gerald L. Kroll, said Soviet negotiators admitted to "a misunderstanding" in accusing his client of spying.
February 4, 1987 |
A Los Angeles federal judge overturned a default judgment won by a Palo Alto businessman against the official Soviet newspaper Izvestia and released $456,000 in Soviet funds frozen to pay the award, it was reported Tuesday. U.S. District Judge David V. Kenyon's clerk confirmed that the judge had issued two orders in the Raphael Gregorian case, but she declined to discuss them. However, United Press International reported late in the day that it had confirmed the contents of the orders.
April 7, 1987 |
A federal judge overturned on Monday an unprecedented $250,000 libel award against the Soviet newspaper Izvestia, concluding that U.S. citizens are barred under federal law from bringing libel suits against foreign governments. U.S. District Judge David V.
August 12, 1986 |
In an unusual move, attorneys in the 49 other states joined lawyers in California today in registering a copy of the first libel judgment against the Soviet Union in the history of the United States. The nationwide registration establishes a lien on all Soviet-held assets in the United States and is the first step toward their attachment. At stake is $413,000.
December 4, 1986
A Los Angeles lawyer seeking to collect a libel judgement against the Soviet Union and the newspaper Izvestia asked for a contempt order against the Bank of America for refusing to turn over $456,413 in Soviet funds. Attorney Gerald Kroll, representing Palo Alto businessman Raphael Gregorian, said that the bank, which received an order directing it to release the funds last week, is now refusing to turn any of the money over. Gregorian, called a U.S.
November 13, 1986 |
The lawyer for a California businessman who won a $413,000 libel suit against the Soviet Union began seizing Soviet assets today after negotiations to settle the case failed. The first item seized by Gerald Kroll was a Russian-language typewriter worth about $500. Kroll, who represents Palo Alto businessman Raphael Gregorian, said he and U.S. marshals took the typewriter from the apartment of Izvestia correspondent Leonid Kuryavin.