Judge halts Holocaust hearing after objections to settlement on insurance claims

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A federal judge abruptly adjourned a hearing yesterday on the settlement of a dispute over unpaid life insurance policies of Holocaust victims after a Miami lawyer and a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp raised objections.

Judge George B. Daniels of Federal District Court in Manhattan gave no explanation for ending the session that he had convened to determine the fairness of a settlement in which an Italian insurance company agreed to provide several million dollars to Holocaust victims. The company, Assicurazioni Generali, has repeatedly denied allegations that it systematically refused to pay billions of dollars in claims on insurance policies of Holocaust victims.

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