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 […]

March 19, 2014

Case Watch: United States v. Khobragade

On January 9, 2014, a grand jury returned an indictment (Dkt. 10, Case No. 1:14cr0008 (S.D.N.Y.)) against Ms. Devyani Khobragade, the former Deputy Consul General to the Consulate of India in New York City, NY. The United States charged Ms. […]

February 24, 2014

Article: Tort Suits Against Foreign States

Foreign states can be sued under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”), 28 U.S.C. §1605(a)(5), in U.S. court for torts, including for example, a diplomat’s traffic accident in the United States. But, can a foreign nation be sued in U.S. […]

January 20, 2014

Case Watch: NML Capital v. Argentina, Case No. 12-842

In NML Capital Ltd. v. Republic of Argentina, Case No. 12-842, Argentina petitioned the Supreme Court to decide the following question: Can post-judgment discovery in aid of enforcing a judgment against a foreign sovereign be ordered with respect to all […]

January 7, 2014

Case Watch: Funnekotter v. Agricultural Development Bank of Zimbabwe

In Funnekotter v. Agricultural Development Bank of Zimbabwe, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164496 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 15, 2013), a group of plaintiffs won an ICSID arbitration against Zimbabwe for unlawful expropriation in violation of a bilateral investment treaty. The U.S. District […]

December 18, 2013

Article: Buying, Renovating, and Leasing Diplomatic Missions

There have been several lawsuits in U.S. courts related to buying, leasing, and renovating diplomatic property which highlight some pitfalls in real estate transactions by foreign states.                           It […]

November 13, 2013

Case Watch: Penades v. Republic of Ecuador

In August 2013, Mr. Daniel Penades, a citizen of Uruguay, filed a lawsuit, Penades v. The Republic of Ecuador, 13-cv-5562, in federal court in New York against Ecuador. In the complaint, he demands a jury trial and alleges that Ecuador […]

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