Case Watch: Universal Trading & Investment Co., Inc. v. Bureau for Representing Ukrainian Interests in International and Foreign Courts

On August 12, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued an interesting decision regarding “commercial activity” in Universal Trading & Investment Co., Inc. v. Bureau for Representing Ukrainian Interests in International and Foreign Courts, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 16698 (1st Cir. Aug. 12, 2013). Ukraine and […]

Case Watch: Howe v. Embassy of Italy

The Embassy of Italy was sued on August 20, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In Case No. 13-cv-1273, Ms. Simona Howe, a “press secretary and translator” (Complaint, Dkt. 1, ¶6) for the Embassy, alleges violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. See my […]

September 16, 2013

Article: Trials Involving Foreign Nations – Decided by a Jury?

Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”), 28 U.S.C. §1602 et seq, judges –  not juries – decide trials against foreign sovereigns. See 28 U.S.C. §1330(a), §1441(d). In 1976, when it enacted the FSIA, the U.S. Congress decided that cases with foreign sovereigns as defendants should be decided by judges, […]

Event: Symposium in Chicago on Repatriation of Cultural Objects

On November 14, 2013, DePaul’s Center for Art, Museum, & Cultural Heritage Law in Chicago will host a Symposium entitled “Restitution and Repatriation: the Return of Cultural Objects.”  This Symposium will be of interest to the foreign sovereign and diplomatic communities.  Additional information can be found on the Center’s website: http://www.law.depaul.edu/centers_institutes/art_museum/

Case Watch: Pine Top Receivables of Illinois, LLC v. Banco de Seguros del Estado, Case Nos. 13-1364 and 13-2331 (7th Cir.)

Pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is Pine Top Receivables of Illinois, LLC v. Banco de Seguros del Estado, Case Nos. 13-1364 and 13-2331. In this case, Pine Top argues that Illinois law requires Banco, a corporation wholly owned by Uruguay, to post security for […]

Case Watch: Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital Ltd.

On June 24, 2013, the Republic of Argentina filed a petition for a writ of certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court. See Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital Ltd., Case No. 12-1494. Argentina is asking the Supreme Court to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]

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