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.
October 27, 1987 |
A Palo Alto businessman embroiled in a libel dispute with the Soviet government newspaper Izvestia filed a $10-million claim against the U.S. government on Monday, alleging that it was improperly attempting to pressure him to give up his fight. Raphael Gregorian charged the United States with wrongdoing for attempting to help Izvestia, which called him a spy, serve him with documents from a Moscow court.
January 29, 1987 |
Lawyers representing two Soviet agencies and the U.S. government called on a Los Angeles federal court judge Wednesday to vacate a $413,000 libel judgment won by a Palo Alto businessman after he sued the newspaper Izvestia for calling him a spy. Martin Popper, a New York-based attorney representing the Soviet defendants, cited the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and argued that District Judge David V. Kenyon lacked jurisdiction to enter a judgment in favor of businessman Raphael Gregorian.
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.