Toumazou v. Republic of Turkey
|Toumazou et al v. Republic of Turkey et al
Toumazou et al v. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
|Court||United States District Court for the District of Columbia|
|Full case name||Toumazou et al v. Republic of Turkey et al
Toumazou et al v. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
|Judge(s) sitting||Paul L. Friedman|
|Greek Cypriot diaspora, TRNC Representative Offices in the United States, HSBC Bank USA, Eleni Foka.|
Toumazou et al. v. Republic of Turkey et al., was a pending class action suit by Greek Cypriots and others against the TRNC Representative Offices in the United States and HSBC Bank USA. Turkey was dropped as defendant on 16 February 2010 and the lawsuit name was subsequently revised to Toumazou et al. v. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The TRNC Representative Offices are a commercial entity because the United States does not formally recognise the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The staff of the Representative Offices do not have diplomatic visas and only operate within the United States using business visas. Tsimpedes Law in Washington DC is suing for "the denial of access to and enjoyment of land and property held in the north". The lawsuit, originally initiated by Cypriots displaced during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, has been joined by non-Cypriots who paid for but have never been given legal title to properties that they have purchased.
More than 100 people living in the United States, the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Greece have filed to participate in this class action. Foreign nationals and foreign organizations are legally allowed to sue in American courts. The Municipality of Karavas has recently joined the action. Eleni Foka, the primary school teacher who had sued Turkey at the European Court of Human Rights for violating her human rights has also joined this class action.
Since 1974, homes have been built on land that is still owned by displaced Cypriots and those new homes have been sold to buyers, who may not have known that the land that the homes were built on was still owned by displaced Cypriots.
Also, some foreign buyers who have bought homes and land in Northern Cyprus have not been allowed to access properties that they have already paid for.
The plaintiffs are Michalis Toumazou, Nicolas Kantzilaris and Maroulla Tompazou. The class action will be brought on behalf of all displaced Cypriots, and others, who are victims of alleged property crimes committed by the commercial entity called the TRNC and HSBC Bank USA's participation in the alleged laundering of funds for that commercial entity. Originally initiated by displaced Cypriots from the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, the class action has been joined by Sandra Kocinski, Pat Clarke and Suz Latchford who paid for but have never been given legal title to the villas that they purchased.
The named defendants are HSBC Bank USA, N.A., HSBC Group, HSBC Holdings, PLC, Mehmet Ali Talat, and TRNC. Turkey was dropped as defendant on 16 February 2010 and the lawsuit name was subsequently revised to Toumazou et al v. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
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Torts to Land TOUMAZOU et al v. TURKISH REPUBLIC OF NORTHERN CYPRUS 10/19/2012 B Opinion/Decision in Draft 0 9 c v 0 1 9 6 7 Torts to Land TOUMAZOU et al v. TURKISH REPUBLIC OF NORTHERN CYPRUS 10/19/2012 Q Complexity of Case
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Nature of Suit Case Title Motion Text Status Status Description Torts to Land TOUMAZOU et al v. TURKISH REPUBLIC OF NORTHERN CYPRUS MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction B Opinion/Decision in Draft MOTION for Leave to File Third Amended Complain B Opinion/Decision in Draft MOTION to Dismiss B Opinion/Decision in Draft
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