sovereign immunity

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 […]

July 14, 2015

Case Watch: Iskandar v. Embassy of Kuwait

In September 2014, I wrote about the case of Iskandar v. Embassy of Kuwait, Case No. 1:14-cv-00721, in which Randa Iskandar sued the Embassy of Kuwait, alleging gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and breach of contract. (See Dkt. 1). According to […]

February 17, 2015

Case Watch: 1964 Realty v. Consulate of Qatar

As discussed in an earlier post on this blog, in August 2014, realty company 1964 Realty LLC sued the Consulate of Qatar in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for an alleged breach of a […]

June 3, 2014

Case Watch: Ashraf-Hassan v. Embassy of France

On April 17, 2014, in Ashraf-Hassan v. Embassy of France, Case No. 1:11-cv-805, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found that the Embassy of France could not, “three years into this litigation and on the eve of […]

May 14, 2014

Case Watch: Simon v. Hungary

On May 9, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a class action, Simon v. Hungary, for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”). The plaintiffs, Hungarian Jews, alleged that Hungary and […]

March 11, 2014

Event: Special Morning Training for Diplomats and Consular Officers

On April 10, 2014, Laina Lopez, attorney with Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP, will speak at “Special Morning Training for Diplomats and Consular Officers” on foreign sovereign immunity law in the United States. The event is sponsored by the D.C. […]

January 14, 2014

Event: D.C. Bar Brown Bag – Legal Protection of Objects from Foreign Countries

I will be speaking from noon-2 p.m. on January 29, 2014, at a D.C. Bar brown bag lunch entitled “Art from Abroad: Legal Protection of Objects from Foreign Countries.” Here is the description: Whether buying or borrowing art and cultural […]

October 18, 2013

Case Watch: Abdulla v. Embassy of Iraq

On September 9, 2013, a federal court allowed a pro se plaintiff, Sallah Hamamin Abdulla, an opportunity to prove he is entitled to a default judgment against the Embassy of Iraq in Washington, D.C., which did not appear to defend […]

October 3, 2013

Event: Art from Abroad — Current Issues Regarding Art and Cultural Heritage Loans from Foreign Countries

Join Washington, D.C. attorneys Eden Burgess and Laina Lopez for a FREE talk entitled: Art from Abroad: Current Issues Regarding Art and Cultural Heritage Loans from Foreign Countries Open to diplomats and those who work in the museum community. Space […]

September 30, 2013

Case Watch: Universal Trading & Investment Co., Inc. v. Bureau for Representing Ukrainian Interests in International and Foreign Courts

On August 12, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued an interesting decision regarding “commercial activity” in Universal Trading & Investment Co., Inc. v. Bureau for Representing Ukrainian Interests in International and Foreign Courts, 2013 U.S. […]

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