On May 29, 2014, the United States government filed the required “Notice of Appearance” with the United States District Court, Northern District of California, San Francisco Division.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. on April 24, 2014 for breaches of Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Similar lawsuits were filed against all nine nuclear-armed nations (United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan, North Korea) in the International Court of Justice.
The Notice of Appearance names three lawyers that will be defending the United States in the case in U.S. Federal District Court. They are:
- Stuart F. Delery, Assistant Attorney General
- Anthony J. Coppolino, Deputy Branch Director
- Eric R. Womack, U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorney
This filing demonstrates that the United States will indeed be appearing to defend itself and its agencies in court in this unprecedented lawsuit.
For more information on the Nuclear Zero lawsuits, visit www.nuclearzero.org.