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D.C. Circuit Holds that Conversion of Claim Under FSIA Section 1605A Does Not Require Re-Service of Process

By Louis M. Solomon Gates, et al. v. Syrian Arab Republic, et al., No. 08-7118 (D.C. Cir. May 2011) (consolidated with 09-7108), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version available from lexisONE Free Case Law ] involves the appeal from the District Court's...

District Court Finds FSIA Terrorist Exception Met by Generalized Allegations of Proximite, Rather than But-for, Causation

By Louis M. Solomon Sheryl Wultz, et al. v. Islamic Republic of Iran , 08-cv-1460 (D.D.C. 2010), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] bears mention because of more recent attempts by non-U.S. sovereigns to avoid jurisdiction in the U.S. under 29 U.S.C. § 1605A (see our discussion...

Choice of Non-U.S. Law Informs Damages Models and Amounts in FSIA Case Against Iran

By Louis M. Solomon Oveissi v. Islamic Republic of Iran, et al. , 03-cv-1197 (RCL) (D.D.C. Mar. 2011) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], provides a recent example of how choice of law can inform and in some respects determine not just the categories but the actual quantum...

Claim Alleging Derivative Possession of Good Allegedly “Taken” in Violation of International Law Still Precluded by FSIA

by Louis M. Solomon We discuss briefly the final installment (in the District Court) of the attempt to recover possession of a Van Gogh drawing allegedly sold away from the plaintiff's great-grandmother "under duress during the Nazi era in Germany for fraction of its fair value", Orkin...