Laina Lopez

October 2, 2017

Article: Foreign Nations Have to Post Bond, Too

U.S. courts must treat foreign nations differently than other litigants in several circumstances, as set forth in the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. But foreign states should not count on being treated specially in all circumstances just because they are nation […]

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, […]

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, […]

June 27, 2016

Case Watch – Sovannara v. Cambodia

On April 8, 2016, citizen of the United States and Cambodia, Meach Sovannara, together with his wife, Jamie Meach, and their three minor children, filed a complaint against Cambodia and Hun Manet in the U.S. District Court for the Central […]

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