Sovereign Immunity

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State Immunity and Enforcement Against State Property in England

Enforcing an arbitration award or a judgment against a sovereign state is not always easy. The case of Avionics Technologies Ltd v The Federal Republic of Nigeria and another addressed the novel issue of whether it is...more

D.C. Court Of Appeals Reverses Dismissal Against Czech Republic, Finding Jurisdiction Under New York Convention

In a divided opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversed a district court ruling that dismissed a case against the Czech Republic on jurisdictional grounds. The Appeals Court revived the case, finding the...more

International Arbitration Newsletter - July 2016

Privy Council clarifies the nature of arbitration clauses, but uncertainties about the clauses’ effect still remain. “Non-exclusive” arbitration clauses provide that disputes “may” be referred to arbitration (rather than...more

Federal Government and Its Contractors Exempt from the TCPA, FCC Rules

TCPA class actions continue to plague companies around the country, but a recent FCC ruling means that one big caller doesn’t have to worry: the federal government, as well as its contractors. On July 5, the Federal...more

Iran's World Court Case Against the United States May Impact Investment Arbitration

On June 14, 2016, the Islamic Republic of Iran sued the United States of America in the International Court of Justice (also known as the “World Court” or the “ICJ”) in the Hague, alleging that the U.S. government had...more

Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act Seeks to Exempt Native American Tribes from ACA

The Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act (H.R. 3080) could have a big impact on tribes if it becomes law. The legislation, which was passed by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee June 15, seeks to exempt Native...more

D.C. Circuit Further Restricts the Scope of Foreign Sovereign Liability for Acts of State-Owned Companies

Those doing business with foreign governments would be wise to adhere to the dictate of caveat venditor: seller beware. Cross-border “government” contracting often involves doing business not directly with the sovereign...more

One Awesome Case Discussing The Difference Between Delay and Disruption Damages!

Rarely do you find a case that succinctly addresses a construction law issue.  Today, one of my legal alerts pointed me to one such case dealing with delay damages and disruption damages. This is a must read!...more

Philip Morris Asia Limited (Hong Kong) v. The Commonwealth of Australia: Permanent Court of Arbitration Tribunal Publishes...

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (“PCA”) has just released the full award of the Tribunal in Philip Morris Asia Limited (Hong Kong) v. The Commonwealth of Australia, which was rendered in late 2015. We previously published...more

Guelph Treasure Heirs Explain Why Case Belongs in U.S. Court

We filed yesterday the opposition to the motion to dismiss my clients’ claims over the 1935 forced sale of the Guelph Treasure, or Welfenschatz. The motion was filed two months ago by defendants Germany and the Stiftung...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19493 - Standard Oil of Connecticut, Inc. v. Administrator, Unemployment Compensation Act - SC19493 Dissent - Standard Oil of Connecticut, Inc. v. Administrator,...more

Long-term supply (and off-take) agreements: some recent themes

This Client Alert seeks to highlight certain recurring issues and themes arising in the context of long-term commodity supply and off-take agreements. It draws upon the recent collective experience of our lawyers as well as...more

Supreme Court Update: Bank Markazi V. Peterson (14-770) And Heffernan V. City Of Paterson (14-1280)

After the deluge of cases last week, the Court took a breather and issued only one decision this week. However, eagle-eyed Update aficionados may remember that we still owe you one decision from last week. With that in mind,...more

Supreme Court Decides Bank Markazi v. Peterson

On April 20, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Bank Markazi v. Peterson, No. 14-770, holding that Congress did not unconstitutionally infringe on the role of the judiciary when it passed the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria...more

Key Employment Issues Affecting Tribal Entites

Overview - Sovereign immunity - - Background - 8(a) waiver - Indemnification - Labor and employment issues - Statutes of general applicability - Commercial v. governmental activity ...more

DOJ Takes On Tribal Lending: Inside The Indictments

In recent months, the attention of the tribal lending industry has focused on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s emerging role in regulating short-term loans from sovereign tribal nations, but a new and even more...more

Bad Bullets Brings Sixth Circuit in Line with Siblings: The Commercial Activity Exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

On March 7, 2016, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals joined its sibling circuits by affirming a ruling from the Southern District of Ohio, which found that the design and manufacture of a product is a commercial activity...more

Texas Court of Appeals Issues Important State Superfund Order

In a “case of first impression,” U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit,texascapitol sitting in Austin, in TCEQ v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, et al., issued an important decision interpreting the scope of the Texas Solid...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 8, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Sovereign Immunity: DOT prohibited from using sovereign immunity defense in negligence action resulting from railroad crossing accident where DOT bound by crossing agreement, including indemnity...more

Republican Congressmen seek CFPB forum on impact of payday lending rule on state and tribal sovereignty

Two Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee, Randy Neugebauer and Mick Mulvaney, have sent a letter to Director Cordray asking him to convene a forum or roundtable of state and tribal officials before the...more

Lawsuits Continue Against Central Virginia Regional Jail

Two federal lawsuits are proceeding against the Central Virginia Regional Jail for civil rights violations of inmates. One case is brought by the mother of an inmate who died in CVRJ custody allegedly due to lack of medical...more

Kurdistan Regional Government's Sovereign Immunity Plea Fails In English Court

The English High Court in Pearl Petroleum Co Ltd & ors v Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq [2015] EWHC 3361 (Comm), 20 November 2015 rejected immunity claims by the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq (KRG) in the...more

SLAM DUNK: Student Athletes’ Wage Suit Against NCAA And Universities Is Dismissed

A federal judge in Indiana dismissed yesterday all that remained of a lawsuit filed by student athletes, alleging that they were “employees” and therefore entitled to the minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act....more

Six Ways to Help Implement Effective Tribal Labor and Employment Practices in 2016

Tribal leaders and human resource managers have many things to consider when implementing balanced employer policies and practices that 1) promote tribal sovereignty, 2) promote fairness and employee morale, and 3) minimize...more

Owner of Payday Lenders, Attorney Hit with Federal Criminal Indictment

A man alleged to be the owner and operator of a group of payday-lending companies and an attorney alleged to have submitted false affidavits and structured sham arrangements have been indicted by a federal grand jury in New...more

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