Court to Hold Hearing on Quarrel Between Anti-defamation League and Italian Group

A hearing will be held in New York State Supreme Court June 5 on a show-cause order to the American-Italian Anti-Defamation League as to why it should not be enjoined from using in its name the words “Anti-Defamation League.” The order was requested by the 53-year-old Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, after talks between the two groups failed to settle the dispute.

In an affidavit with the petition to New York Supreme Court Justice Hyman Korn, ADL chairman Dore Schary asserted that the Italian group, which was formed last year, was guilty of “unfair usurpation and exploitation” of the phrase “anti-defamation league.” Mr. Schary said the Italian group’s use of the term had created a confusion of identities, hurt the fund-raising efforts of the Jewish agency and had “created doubt” in some minds as to the B’nai B’rith adherence to its original principles.

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