Business: Bankers Grab the Booty

A rush for Iranian assets sends lawyers into courts on two continents

A mighty new weapon—the lawsuit —is being rolled out in the economic power struggle between the U.S. and Iran, and the battling is shaking the money markets. Lawyers last week went on a suing spree, grabbing up Iranian corporate and industrial assets not only in the U.S. but also in West Germany. The free-for-all rush after Iranian booty put investors and businessmen on edge, rattled money markets and in the process helped send the dollar into a renewed slide while pushing gold...

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