foreign sovereign immunity

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. […]

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 […]

February 29, 2016

Case Watch: Africard v. Niger

On February 4, 2016, Africard Co., Ltd. filed a petition to confirm an arbitration award against the Republic of Niger in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. See Case No. 1:16-cv-196, Dkt. 1. Africard alleges that, in […]

January 22, 2016

Case Watch: Gold Reserve v. Venezuela

In November 2015, I wrote about the case of Gold Reserve, Inc. v. Venezuela, Case No. 1:14-cv-02014. The case is now pending before the appellate court, and Gold Reserve has begun attachment-of-asset proceedings. Here are the details: In 2014, Petitioner […]

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 […]

September 28, 2015

Article: Procedure for enforcing an ICSID award against a foreign state in US court

There is a split amongst the district courts as to how to handle the procedure of converting an ICSID award into a U.S. judgment where the ICSID award is against a foreign state. Certain courts have held that an ICSID […]

September 14, 2015

Case Watch: 1964 Realty v. Consulate of Qatar

Earlier this year, I wrote about the case of 1964 Realty LLC v. Consulate of Qatar, Case No. 1:14cv6429 (SDNY), involving an alleged breach of contract to purchase property for use as Qatar’s Consulate General in New York. Qatar had […]

April 14, 2015

Case Watch: Ewald v. Royal Norwegian Embassy

In November 2013, I wrote a blog post about an employment case against the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Ewald v. Royal Norwegian Embassy, Case No. 11-cv-02116 (D. Minn.). Last year, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota held an […]

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 […]

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