Case Watch: United Healthcare v. Embassy of Libya

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.

United Healthcare alleges that Libya has failed to pay for medical services (and associated fees) provided to Libya under the “Wounded Heroes Program.” That program is described in the Complaint as “a program sponsored by Libya to arrange for and pay for medical treatment services in the United States for wounded Libyan veterans.” (Dkt. 1 at 1). United Healthcare seeks more than $700,000 in compensatory damages as well as interest and attorneys’ fees.

United Healthcare alleges that the Embassy and Health Attaché are not immune from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts under the waiver and commercial activities exceptions to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

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