Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Lawyers can't take more than half Libyan payments

The Israeli government's decision to compensate Libyan Holocaust survivors has prompted a new ruling setting a ceiling on what fees lawyers can charge for processing claims. Ynet News has the story:

Lawyers will be able to charge Holocaust survivors no more than NIS 6,583 for processing compensation claims, about half the standard payment until now, Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman decided yesterday.

Neeman's decision marks the successful conclusion of a battle waged by the Finance Ministry's Holocaust Survivors Rights Authority against what it deemed excessive legal fees.

The issue arose in April, when the government decided that Jews who suffered persecution in occupied Libya during the Holocaust would also be eligible for compensation under a law to compensate victims of the Nazis. Subsequently, the authority received some 5,000 compensation applications.

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