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May 6, 2012

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Federal Court Rules in Favor of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) from a lawsuit brought by the International Creative Talent Agency (ICTA) after Julio Iglesias canceled a concert in the TRNC under pressure from the Greek Cypriot administration.  The lawsuit alleged, among other outlandish theories, that the TRNC has attempted to lure international performers there under false pretenses.  The lawsuit also named a hotel in Northern Cyprus that was to host the Iglesias concert and the hotel's Turkish parent company.  All the while, Iglesias and his management company refused to return to the hotel the nearly $300,000 deposit they had paid. 

ATAA Past President Gunay Evinch, ATAA Delegation Trip to TRNC, 2008

Judge James Boesberg dismissed the case, stating the court lacked jurisdiction over the TRNC, commenting that the complaint read like a "political manifesto".  Click here to read the court's opinion.

The plaintiffs in this case had attempted to link the TRNC into this private contractual dispute by claiming that the TRNC was an illegal entity whose sole purpose was to steal Greek Cypriot lands and make money off of such lands.  The rejection of this conspiracy theory removes the TRNC from these types of disputes, and strengthens the tourism and entertainment sectors in the TRNC.  It also adds a note of respect toward entities incorporated under TRNC law.

The TRNC's Washington DC Representative, Ahmet Erdengiz, stated, "Let us be clear, Julio Iglesias chose not to sing not because he had concerns about the TRNC, but because of threats he received from the Greek Cypriot administration, who sent his management company a 3-page letter filled with ridiculous accusations.  Other international performers from the U.S. and Europe have disregarded the hollow threats of the Greek Cypriot administration and have enjoyably and profitably performed in the TRNC."

Indeed, following the Iglesias cancellation, the Gypsy Kings, who are represented by the same company as Iglesias, performed in the TRNC on its Republic Day.

The TRNC was represented in the matter by Saltzman & Evinch.

In the News:

legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2012/04/lawsuit-over-cancelled-julio-iglesias-concert
www.courthousenews.com/2012/04/27/46050.htm
www.turkishny.com/english-news/5-english-news/87831-us-court-dismisses
www.turkishny.com/special-news/56-special-news/87830-abd-mahkemesinden
www.turkishny.com/hot-news-11/92-hot-news-11/87935-kktc-washington-temsilcisi
www.turkishny.com/english-news/5-english-news/87951-erdengiz-the-decision-is
www.cnnturk.com/2012/yasam/diger/05/02/iglesias.davasi.dustu/659465.0/index.html
www.philenews.com/el-gr/Eidiseis-Kypros/22/102934/o-a-tsimpidis-echase-tin-agogi
zaman.com.tr/haber.do?haberno=1281879&title=julio-iglesias-kktcye-actigi-davayi-kaybetti
www.turkishny.com/special-news/56-special-news/87830-abd-mahkemesinden-kktc
www.turkishactionalert.com/news/2611-kktcnin-washington-temsilcisi-mahkeme
www.haberler.com/kktc-washington-temsilcisi-iglesias-davasinin-3583703-haberi/
www.kayserihaberim.com/dunya/kktc-washington-temsilcisi-iglesias-davasinin
www.gundemkibris.com/abd-mahkemesinin-kktc-lehine-karari-28480h.htm
www.medya73.com/kktc-washington-temsilcisi-iglesias-davasinin-dusmesinin
/www.sabah.com.tr/kultur_sanat/muzik/2012/05/01/abd-mahkemesinden-kktc-lehine-karar
dunya.milliyet.com.tr/iglesias-kktc-davasini-kaybetti/
www.turkishjournal.com/2012/05/01/abd-mahkemesinden-kktc-lehine-karar/
www.haberturk.com/dunya/haber/738857-kktc-aleyhine-actigi-dava-dustu
gundem.bugun.com.tr/kktc-yi-sevindiren-haber-191196-haberi.aspx
www.alaturkaonline.com/washington-dc-bolge-mahkemesi-unlu-sarkici-julio-iglesiasin
www.gazeteci.tv/iglesias-davas305-d252351t252-146958h.htm

 


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