commercial activity

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. […]

March 23, 2016

Article: Lawsuits involving foreign state military

There have been several cases in U.S. courts involving foreign states’ militaries. I highlight several of these cases below to show how even a quintessential foreign sovereign activity – a country’s military conduct – can become involved in U.S. litigation […]

December 7, 2015

Case Watch: OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs

On December 1, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs, 577 U.S. ___ (2015). Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion for the Court, which held that Ms. Sachs’ personal injury case was barred by […]

October 14, 2015

Case Watch: OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs

On October 5, 2015, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs, Case No. 13-1067. The parties had briefed two questions: (1) how does a court determine whether an entity constitutes an “agent” of a foreign […]

April 8, 2015

Case Watch: Bahgat v. Egypt

On January 30, 2014, I posted about Bahgat v. Egypt, Case No. 1:13cv8894, noting that Ahmed Bahgat, his company, and his family had sued Egypt and the National Bank of Egypt (“NBE”) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern […]

January 26, 2015

Case Watch: OBB Personenverkehr v. Sachs

On Friday, January 23, 2015, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in OBB Personenverkehr v. Sachs, Case No. 13-1067. The case presents two questions regarding the first clause of the commercial activity exception of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”), 28 […]

January 8, 2015

Case Watch: Balatresi v. Italian Cultural Consulate of L.A.

On December 5, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted the Italian Cultural Consulate’s motion to dismiss in Balatresi v. Italian Cultural Consulate of Los Angeles, Case No. 2:14-cv-990 (C.D. Cal.). Ms. Carla Balatresi, a […]

September 2, 2014

Case Watch: LaLoup v. Hellenic Republic (Greece)

On July 10, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted Greece’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit on grounds of sovereign immunity in LaLoup v. Hellenic Republic, Case No. 2:13-cv-7124. In the complaint, the plaintiffs, parents of U.S. […]

December 10, 2013

Case Watch: Sachs v. Republic of Austria

On December 6, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided Sachs v. Republic of Austria, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 24290 (9th Cir. Dec. 6, 2013). In an en banc decision, the court held that the sale […]

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