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March 12, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Martin Marootian, a retired pharmacist who stood up for Armenian genocide victims as the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that resulted in a $20-million settlement from New York Life Insurance Co. for failing to honor claims on policies sold to thousands of Armenians slain during the last years of the Ottoman Empire, has died. He was 95. Marootian died Feb. 25 of natural causes at his home in San Diego, said his daughter, Andrea. In 1999 Marootian joined a legal battle to force New York Life to honor policies purchased by more than 2,000 Armenians, most of whom perished in what some historians have described as the first genocide of the 20th century.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Martin Marootian, a retired pharmacist who stood up for Armenian genocide victims as the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that resulted in a $20-million settlement from New York Life Insurance Co. for failing to honor claims on policies sold to thousands of Armenians slain during the last years of the Ottoman Empire, has died. He was 95. Marootian died Feb. 25 of natural causes at his home in San Diego, said his daughter, Andrea. In 1999 Marootian joined a legal battle to force New York Life to honor policies purchased by more than 2,000 Armenians, most of whom perished in what some historians have described as the first genocide of the 20th century.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Armenian Americans descended from victims of the 1915-18 massacre by Ottoman Turks can't sue foreign insurance companies for unpaid claims because the U.S. government doesn't legally recognize that an Armenian genocide occurred, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. A Glendale priest and thousands of other Armenians whose relatives were among the 1.2 million killed had won a partial victory two years ago. U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder said then that a 2000 law passed by the California Legislature gave the descendants standing to sue three German insurance companies.
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January 29, 2004 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
New York Life Insurance Co. has agreed to pay $20 million to settle a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by heirs of Armenian genocide victims who accused the company of failing to honor valid claims. The company and lawyers for the heirs said the pact would resolve claims on more than 2,000 policies issued to Armenians in the Ottoman Empire before 1915. From 1915 to 1923, about 1.
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July 29, 1995 | ERIC MALNIC and JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One of the good things about Southern California weather is that you sometimes can turn a liability into an asset. On a day like Friday, when punishing afternoon heat in the Los Angeles Basin drove even some of the most dedicated sun worshipers indoors, the evening temperatures were refreshingly balmy in a lot of places, providing some pleasant settings for al fresco enjoyment. At Dodger Stadium, where the thermometer had read about 100 degrees at 4:30 p.m.
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December 5, 2001 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge has upheld a state law that allows heirs of Armenian genocide victims to use California courts to try to collect life insurance on relatives who died in Ottoman Turkey during World War I. The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder denied a motion by New York Life Insurance Co. to void the law, implemented last year, that permitted a 1999 class-action lawsuit to go forward in California.
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November 4, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The J. Paul Getty Trust failed Thursday to derail a lawsuit by the Armenian Orthodox Church that accuses the museum of harboring stolen illuminated medieval manuscripts — 755-year-old works that are masterpieces and, to the church, spiritually and historically sacred. After a brief hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Abraham Khan denied the Getty's motion to dismiss the claim. The museum's attorneys argued that the deadline for filing the suit had passed decades ago under the statute of limitations.
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April 12, 2001 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A tentative multimillion-dollar settlement was disclosed Wednesday in a Los Angeles class action lawsuit filed on behalf of heirs of Armenian genocide victims who accused New York Life Insurance Co. of failing to honor valid insurance claims. New York Life has agreed to pay at least $3 million to Armenian civic organizations in addition to paying 10 times the face value of the policy on an estimated 2,500 valid claims.
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November 29, 2000
In his speech Monday night, Vice President Al Gore tried once more to explain to the American people why they should continue to support his bid for the presidency--three weeks after the vote was cast and counted and counted and counted. Though I voted for neither of the major candidates, I find something troubling in any person's claim that the "will of the people" has not been heard unless it has favored him. While George W. Bush may very well be slow-witted, I fear that Gore is beginning to show signs of psychological distress, verging on self-destruction.
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April 27, 2001 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a passage from a now-obscure 1918 memoir by Henry Morgenthau, U.S. ambassador to Ottoman Turkey from 1913-1916, that in 1987 changed the focus of Vartkes Yeghiayan's life. Yeghiayan, a Glendale immigration attorney whose ancestors were among the 1.
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