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Ninth Circuit Applies the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016 to Revive Previously Dismissed Nazi-Era Art...

by WilmerHale on

On July 10, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the first circuit court to apply the six-year statute of limitations from the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act of 2016 (HEAR Act). In Cassirer v....more

Lessons in Civil Forfeiture and Attachment: U.S. May Seize 650 Fifth Avenue

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 29, dual trial verdicts in the Southern District of New York paved the way for the government to seize 650 Fifth Avenue, a 36-story building in Manhattan valued at up to $1 billion (“the Property”). The defendants,...more

Herzog Heirs Win Again in Appeals Court on Jurisdiction Over Hungarian Museums

by Sullivan & Worcester on

A federal appeals court has upheld the growing consensus that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) confers jurisdiction over foreign state actors in possession of art allegedly looted by and/or overseen by the Nazis....more

Supreme Court Holds 'Nonfrivolous' Claims Insufficient Under FSIA

by White & Case LLP on

The US Supreme Court has issued a major decision that should make it easier for foreign states and their agencies and instrumentalities to avoid unfounded suits under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA)....more

Higher Standard Required: Supreme Court on Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

by Hogan Lovells on

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne, a dispute over the proper pleading standards for parties suing foreign governments in U.S. courts. The decision was an...more

Supreme Court Decides Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co.

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 1, 2017, the Supreme Court decided Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co., No. 15-423, holding that a federal court has jurisdiction over a lawsuit against a foreign sovereign...more

Guelph Treasure Art Restitution Case Media Coverage

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that Germany can be sued for the return of Nazi-looted art and artifacts under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. This is the first time Germany will...more

Nazi-Looting and Forced Sales Support Jurisdiction—Guelph Treasure Ruling Analysis

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The decision on Friday to allow our clients’ claims to proceed against German and the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz for the restitution of the Guelph Treasure (or Welfenschatz) is ground-breaking in important respects,...more

U.S. District Court Issues First of Its Kind Ruling Against Germany Over Renowned Guelph Treasure

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that claims over the famed Guelph Treasure can proceed against Germany in a United States court. This is the first time Germany will have to defend...more

Supreme Court Calls for the Views of the Solicitor General in a Case That the 7th Circuit Could Not Review En Banc

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Last summer, we wrote about a unique situation that arose in the case of Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran, No. 14-1935 (7th Cir. July 19, 2016), in which the Seventh Circuit found itself unable to assemble a “majority” of...more

Jurisdictional Law Hailed as Impetus to End Russian Art Loan Embargo that is Actually Unaffected by that Law

by Sullivan & Worcester on

With reports that Russia is considering abandoning the nearly five year old embargo on loans of cultural artifacts into the United States, the cited connection between that willingness and the recent passage of the Foreign...more

Looted Art Legislation—HEAR Act and Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Clarification Act Set to Become Law

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Congress has passed and President Obama is expected to sign two bills related to looted art and the availability of U.S. courts to hear disputes over them. The Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act of 2016 and the...more

Coming Up Short: When There Aren't Enough Judges Eligible To Rehear A Case En Banc

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Every now and then we see something in the reported decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that seems noteworthy because we’ve never seen it before. The following is one such example. Seventh...more

War of the World Wide Webs: D.C. Circuit Refuses Terror Victims’ Attempt to Seize Internet Domain Names

In early August, the D.C. Circuit refused to allow victims of terror attacks to take control of the Internet domain names of Iran, North Korea, and Syria as a means of satisfying previous money judgments awarded to the...more

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

by Butler Snow LLP on

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

by Sullivan & Worcester on

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

by King & Spalding on

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

by King & Spalding on

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

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

by Carlton Fields on

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...

by Carlton Fields on

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

by Burr & Forman on

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...

by King & Spalding on

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

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