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Yeghiayan Law Firm records on the Marootian v. New York Life Insurance class action lawsuit

 Collection
Identifier: 6184

Content Description

The Yeghiayan Law Firm records consist of 36 boxes of claimant files and four boxes of documents submitted to the court as part of the class action lawsuit, Martin Marootian, et al. v. New York Life Insurance Company, filed in 1999 and settled in 2004. Claimant files include application forms and supplementary documents, such as copies of birth certificates, family trees, photographs, and correspondence. Documents submitted to the court include motions, briefs, proposed orders, amicus curiae, lists of New York Life Insurance clients and insurance policies, and copies of potentially relevant historical and government documents dating back to 1902.

Dates

  • 1995 - 2004

Creator

Language of Materials

English and Armenian.

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. The documents in this collection include personally identifiable information of a sensitive nature. The collection will be closed for research until January of 2079, 75 years following the settlement of the class action lawsuit: Martin Marootian, et al. v. New York Life Insurance Company.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Extent

43.17 Linear Feet (40 boxes)

Abstract

The Yeghiayan Law Firm records on the Marootian v. New York Life Insurance class action lawsuit contain claimant files and documents submitted to the court as part of the class action lawsuit, filed in 1999 and settled in 2004, brought against the New York Life Insurance Company for unpaid life insurance benefits. The plaintiffs in this case consist of descendants of New York Life Insurance policyholders who were killed during the Armenian Genocide (1914-1923). The plaintiffs' co-counsel in this case, Vartkes Yeghiayan of Yeghiayan & Associates Law Firm, donated the firm's records relating to the New York Life Insurance lawsuit. The bulk of the Yeghiayan Law Firm records consist of the law firm's files on claimants involved in the lawsuit, with application forms and supplementary documents establishing familial ties to New York Life Insurance policyholders living in the Ottoman Empire during the years of the Genocide. The collection also contains documents submitted to the court during the course of the lawsuit, including motions, briefs, proposed orders, amicus curiae, lists of New York Life Insurance clients and insurance policies, and copies of potentially relevant historical and government documents reproduced from originals dating back to 1902.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Yeghiayan Law Firm, March 9, 2015.

Creator

Title
Finding aid for the Yeghiayan Law Firm records on the Marootian v. New York Life Insurance class action lawsuit
Status
Completed
Author
Bo Doub
Date
2019 May
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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