411.60d Finnish Vessels/170

Memorandum by the Legal Adviser (Hackworth) to Mr. Jacob Metzger of the Office of the Legal Adviser

It has been decided to submit the Finnish ships claim to the Court of Claims with the right of appeal to the Supreme Court, and to ask Congress for the necessary authorization. The case is to be submitted on the basis of written pleadings and oral arguments without testimony of witnesses. The bill should provide that the court costs and costs of printing shall be borne by the losing party. I think that the bill should state that the submission of the case to the court shall not be regarded as an admission by the United States of any liability.

Will you try your hand at a draft of a bill and recommendations to Congress?

G[reen] H. H[ackworth]