B-197052(2),L/M, FEB 4, 1981

B-197052(2),L/M: Feb 4, 1981

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UNITED STATES SENATE: ENCLOSED FOR YOUR INFORMATION IS A DECISION OF TODAY. WE HAVE RECONSIDERED OUR EARLIER POSITION AND NOW CONCLUDE THAT CLAIMS AGAINST THE PANAMA CANAL COMPANY ARISING BEFORE THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE CANAL TREATY SHOULD BE HANDLED UNDER THE PRIOR LAW RATHER THAN UNDER PUBLIC LAW NO. 96-70.

B-197052(2),L/M, FEB 4, 1981

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MARK O. HATFIELD, UNITED STATES SENATE:

ENCLOSED FOR YOUR INFORMATION IS A DECISION OF TODAY, B-197052, CONCERNING THE PANAMA CANAL COMMISSION'S LIABILITY ON PRE-EXISTING CLAIMS. AT THE REQUEST OF THE COMMISSION, WE HAVE RECONSIDERED OUR EARLIER POSITION AND NOW CONCLUDE THAT CLAIMS AGAINST THE PANAMA CANAL COMPANY ARISING BEFORE THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE CANAL TREATY SHOULD BE HANDLED UNDER THE PRIOR LAW RATHER THAN UNDER PUBLIC LAW NO. 96-70, THE TREATY-IMPLEMENTING LEGISLATION.