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Case brought by surviving American prisoners of war against a number of Japanese companies for whom they were forced to do slave labor during World War II is dismissed where the US Constitution directly binds state court judges where treaties are concerned and the 1951 treaty is expressly bars plaintiffs' claims.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 11/05/2003
  • Published 11/05/2003



  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  •  Morrison & Foerster, Kathleen V. Fisher, Arne D. Wagner, San Francisco, H. Mark Mersel, Irvine, John A. Kelley;  O'Melveny and Myers, Brett J. Williamson, Irvine, Vicki A. Nash, Newport Beach, John H. Beisner, John F. Niblock, Washington, DC;  Pillsbury Winthrop, Barbara L. Croutch, Nathan M. Spatz, Los Angeles;  Bingham McCutchen, David M. Balabanian, Christopher B. Hockett, San Francisco, Thomas S. Hixon, Matthew E. Digny and Heidi A. Leider for Petitioners., Robert D. McCallum, Jr., Assistant Attorney General of the United States, John S. Gordon, United States Attorney;  Mark Stern, Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, Kathleen Kane, United States Department of Justice;  James G. Hergen and Lara A. Ballard, United States Department of State, for the United States of America as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Petitioners., Herman, Mathis, Casey, Kitchens & Gerel, David S. Casey, Jr., and Bonnie E. Kane, San Diego, for Real Parties in Interest., Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Richard M. Frank, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Louis Verdugo, Jr., Assistant Attorney General, Catherine Z. Ysrael, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, and Angela Sierra, Deputy Attorney General, for the State of California as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Real Parties in Interest.

  • For Appellees:
  • No appearance for Respondent.
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