The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

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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

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #8

The Supreme Court granted certiorari in eight cases last week: Bank of America Corp. v. Miami, No. 15-1111; Wells Fargo & Co. v. Miami, 15-1112: (1) Whether the term “aggrieved” in the Fair Housing Act imposes a...more

SCOTUS Puts an End to Ecuador’s Appeal of $96 Million Arbitration Award in Favor of Chevron

A long-running dispute between Chevron and Ecuador appears to have reached its end after the Supreme Court declined to take up Ecuador’s question of whether United States courts had jurisdiction to confirm a $96 million...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

HEAR Act Introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz to Create Federal Standard for Holocaust Art Claims

Among the many challenges that litigants over Nazi-looted art face in the United States is a lack of uniformity. Statutes of limitations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and interpretations of jurisdictional laws like...more

Supreme Court Clarifies the Scope of Application of Commercial Activity Exception to Foreign Sovereign Immunity

On December 1, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs a case presenting important questions concerning the types of commercial activities that may strip foreign states and...more

Establishing the Application of The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act’s Arbitration Exception

On October 7, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued the mandate on its opinion affirming the judgment of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia confirming...more

Supreme Court Update: Maryland V. Kulbicki (14-848) And Order List

… und willkommen zurück! Oktober Term 2015 kicks off today with argument in OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs (13-1067), a case which explores the contours of the commercial-activity exception to the Foreign Sovereign...more

Federal Circuit Enforces Arbitration Award, Rejects Foreign Sovereign’s Immunity Challenge

In 1973, Chevron and Ecuador signed an agreement allowing Chevron to develop oil fields in Ecuador. Years later, litigation ensued and eventually Chevron commenced an arbitration action before a tribunal in the Hague. Ecuador...more

Seventh Circuit Denies Rehearing In Failed Attempt To Compel Arbitration And To Require Pre-Pleading Security From Uruguay...

On November 18, 2014, we reported on the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Pine Top Receivables of Illinois, LLC v. Banco de Seguros del Estado, in which Pine Top claimed that Banco de Seguros owed it $2,352,464.08 under certain...more

Make 'Em Pay! Sovereign Nation Or Not

On June 16, 2014, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act doesn't forbid or limit post-judgment discovery in aid of execution. Indeed, there is nothing wrong with a judgment creditor...more

International Litigation Update: Second Circuit Clarifies Rules Governing Extraterritorial Application of RICO and Definition of...

In a series of recent decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court has sought to restrict plaintiffs’ ability to apply U.S. law to, and to bring claims in the U.S. courts based on, extraterritorial conduct. In Morrison v. National...more

Venezuela Sees Lawsuit Dismissed Under FSIA

A company arguing that the Venezuelan government is preventing it from claiming US$400 million from the Lehman Brothers’ estate has seen its case thrown out by a New York court on grounds of lack of jurisdiction. The...more

The 2012 Global Employer: Highlights of Littler's Fifth Annual Global Employer Institute

In this report: - I. Sustainable Innovations for a Changing Global Workforce - II. Forging a Global HR Team to Align with a Global Business: Transparency and Integration - III. Developing an Effective Global...more

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