Monthly Archives: April 2012

District Court Rejected Reconsideration of Discovery Ruling Requiring Disclosure of Flight Data In Connection with Plan Columbia

Venancio Aguasanta Arias, et al. v. Dyncorp, et al., Civil Action No. 01-1908 (D.D.C. 2012), denies a motion for reconsideration of a discovery order in an international litigation.   The underlying case involves allegations relating to “Plan Columbia”, where the government allegedly hired Dyncorp to assist “in illicit drug crop eradication by spraying fumigants from airplanes … Continue Reading

Case Conditionally Dismissed on Forum Non Conveniens Grounds Even In the Face of Blocking Statute in Chosen Non-U.S. Jurisdiction

Del Istmo Assurance Corp. v. Meletios Platon and Italkitchen Int’l, Case No. 11-61599-CIV-COHN/SELTZER (S.D. Fla. 2011), addresses the interesting and important issue in international practice of the choice of forum considerations applicable when one sovereign nation passes statutes attempting to block or regulate what disputes can be resolved in its courts based on what other … Continue Reading

District Court Dismisses Claim by U.S. Citizen Against the U.S. Arising on Non-U.S. Soil On Sovereign Immunity Grounds

Cottonham v. United States Embassy, Bankok, Thailand, No. C-11-3131 (N.D. Cal. 2011), is almost a more brief decision than this posting, but the issue is one worth consideration for those in international practice. Plaintiff Cottonham alleged that when he went to the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand to obtain more pages for his passport, his … Continue Reading

Southern District of New York Refuses To Permit Electronic Funds Transfers To Be Attached To Satisfy Judgment Against North Korea

Calderon-Cardona, et al. v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., et al., 11 Civ. 3283 (S.D.N.Y. 2011)(DLC), presents an extended discussion of the requirements, and pitfalls, of a judgment-creditor’s efforts to collect on a judgment.  We posted on the earlier decision on liability in the case, which was decided by the District of Puerto Rico federal court. The … Continue Reading

Fourth Circuit Upholds “Derivative” Sovereign Immunity, following the D.C. Circuit

Suhail Najim Abdullah Al Shimari, et al. v. CACI Int’l, No. 09-1335 (4th Cir. 2011), addresses the issue of “derivative sovereign immunity”, which deserves another look.  According to the allegations, four Iraqi citizens were seized by the U.S. military in the Iraq war zone and detained by the military in Iraq.   They allege that, while detained, … Continue Reading

District Court in Chevron Case Exonerates Prelminary Injuction Bond

The District Court in the long-running international litigation involving Chevron exonerated (meaning vacated it) the preliminary injunction bond filed in connection with the preliminary injunction entered by the District Court but then reversed by the Second Circuit.  We have posted on this litigation many times (e.g., here). The decision addresses several issues of interest to … Continue Reading

Court Directs One Party To Arbitrate But Not Another, Finding that “Doing Business As” Is Not a Recognized Means of Compelling Non-Signatory To Arbitrate

In this interesting treatment of the issue of compelling a non-party to arbitrate, In the Matter of the Arbitration Between: Sunskar LTD. v. CDII Trading, Inc., et al., 11 Civ. 2499 (S.D.N.Y. 2011)(DLC), provides a good synopsis of the law and practice of the federal courts on compelling non-signatories to arbitrate.  The issue arises with … Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit Addresses International Custody Dispute Under International Convention

Norinder v. Fuentes, No. 10-2753 (7th Cir. 2011), is the rare case in federal court, and even rarer in the federal appellate system, to address custody issues.  The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, T.I.A.S. No. 11,670 (Oct. 25, 1980), entitles a person whose child has been wrongfully removed to the U.S. in violation … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Class Action; Federal Preemption and “Implausible” Claims

MIRKO CARREA, on behalf of himself and those similarly situated v. DREYER’S GRAND ICE CREAM, INC., No. 11-15263 (9th Cir. 2012), is a recent decision from the Ninth Circuit affirming a dismissal of a putative class action for failure to state a claim for cognizable relief.  This blog has reported on class or collective action … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Affirms Right to Claim Against A Non-U.S. Sovereign under the Noncommercial Tort Exception to the FSIA Despite the Inapplicability of the FSIA’s “Terrorism” Exception

Doe v. Usama Bin Laden, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Dkt. No. 09-4958-cv (2d Cir. 2011), addresses the issue whether civil tort claims against Afghanistan could be asserted under the noncommercial tort exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.  The issue is important to more than the highly technical aspects of FSIA jurisprudence and implicates statutory … Continue Reading

State Law Claims Do Not “Necessarily” Raise Federal Question — Case Ramanded To State Court

The distribution of matters between federal and state court is a key consideration in the international practice sphere.  In re Lehman Bros. Securities and ERISA Litigation, 09 MD 2017 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) (LAK), deserves study on this issue.  The case remanded to state court claims asserted against Lehman by the People of the State of New … Continue Reading

Extraterritoriality Becomes Focus of Kiobel Supreme Court; Are We Headed for Morrison II?

 We have posted on the fascinating development of the law concerning the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”), 28 U.S.C. § 1350.   The issues raised there are important in their own right and are at the center of many issues faced by the international litigator.  It started with the Second Circuit’s decision in Kiobel, et al. v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., et al., 06-4800-cv, … Continue Reading

Non-U.S. Sovereign Entitled to FSIA Immunity on Attachment of Assets Post-Judgment

Aurelius Capital Partners LP, et al. v. The Republic of Argentina, presents the important international practice issue of how and when can assets of a non-U.S. sovereign be attached to satisfy a monetary judgment.  Aurelius owns beneficial interest in defaulted bonds issued by the Republic of Argentina.  The Court granted ex parte orders of attachment.  One … Continue Reading
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