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June 5, 2017

Case Watch: Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co., 581 U.S. ___ (2017). In an opinion authored by Justice Breyer, the Supreme Court determined that a […]

March 23, 2017

Case Watch: Nnaka v. Nigeria

On February 27, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in Nnaka v. Nigeria, 1:16cv1400. In that suit, Nnaka alleged that Nigeria had retained him as an attorney to find Nigerian assets and to […]

February 27, 2017

Case Watch: United Healthcare v. Embassy of Libya

On February 24, 2017, United Healthcare Services, Inc. filed a breach of contract and unjust enrichment action against the Embassy of Libya and the Embassy’s Health Attaché in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Case No. 1:17-cv-00339. […]

December 8, 2016

Article: Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co.

Some have questioned why lawsuits against foreign states involving property rights may proceed in U.S. court when the plaintiffs assert only that they may have property that may have been taken in violation of international law. Given foreign sovereign immunity, […]

October 26, 2016

Case Watch: Stati v. Kazakhstan

On August 5, 2016, in Stati v. Kazakhstan, 1:14cv1638 (D.D.C.), the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion finding jurisdiction in a case involving an arbitration award, but staying the proceeding pending final resolution of the […]

July 11, 2016

Case Watch: Villoldo v. Cuba

On May 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued its decision in Villoldo v. Cuba, Case No. 15-1808. In 2008, brothers Afredo and Gustavo Villoldo sued Cuba in Florida state court alleging that, in 1959, […]

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