Flying from New Jersey to Nigeria via Ethiopia, the plaintiff had funds confiscated in Addis Abbeba and was allegedly unlawfully detained there for 40 days. He sues Ethiopia, the Ethiopian airline and its insurer. Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the court dismissed the complaint for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction.
On November 8, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed in the matter Edem v. Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise, docket number 11-3770. -- Clemens Kochinke, partner, Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe LLP, Washington, DC.