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August 10, 2017

Article: US Courts Generally Refuse to Second-Guess Foreign Arbitral Decisions

U.S. courts generally will not second-guess decisions issued by foreign arbitral tribunals. The ruling issued on July 7, 2017 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Getma International v. Republic of Guinea, Case No. 16-7087, is […]

July 17, 2017

Case Watch: Haston v. Cuba

In 2016, Robin Haston filed suit against the Republic of Cuba, Case No. 1:16-cv-615, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. In the Complaint (Dkt. 1), Haston contends that three members of the Cuban National Soccer […]

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, […]

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