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2018 U.S. District Court Cases with Foreign Nations

The following lists decisions in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington, DC, where the embassies of foreign sovereigns are located, from the first three quarters of 2018:

Roth v. Syrian Arab Republic Memorandum and Opinion
Wye Oak Technology, Inc. v. Republic of Iraq Memorandum Opinion
Akins v. Islamic Republic of Iran Memorandum Opinion
Estate of Yonadav Hirshfeld v. Islamic Republic of Iran Memorandum Opinion
D&S Consulting, Inc. v. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Memorandum Opinion
Fritz v. Islamic Republic of Iran Memorandum Opinion
Strange v. Islamic Republic of Iran Memorandum Opinion
Burmaster v. Switzerland Order
Fritz v. Islamic Republic of Iran Memorandum Opinion
Fraenkel v. Islamic Republic of Iran Memorandum Opinion on Reconsideration
Dahman v. Embassy of the State of Qatar Memorandum Opinion
Hamen v. Islamic Republic of Iran Memorandum Opinion and Order
Fraenkel v. Islamic Republic of Iran Memorandum Opinion on Remand
Azadeh v. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran Public Memorandum and Opinion
Bathiard v. Islamic Republic of Iran Memorandum Opinion
Burmaster v. Switzerland Report and Recommendation
Boulos v. Islamic Republic Memorandum
Peterson v. Islamic Republic Memorandum
Asemani v. Islamic Republic of Iran Link
Kinyua v. Republic of the Sudan Memorandum Opinion
Ruther v. Canada Memorandum Opinion
Republic of Kazakhstan v. Stati Memorandum Opinion
Salazar v. Islamic Republic of Iran Memorandum Opinion
Maalouf v. Islamic Republic of Iran Memorandum Opinion
Chogo v. Republic of the Sudan Memorandum Opinion
Kinyua v. Republic of the Sudan Memorandum Opinion
Sheikh v. Republic of the Sudan Memorandum Opinion
Pao Tatneft v. Ukraine Memorandum Opinion
Barot v. Embassy of the Republic of Zambia Memorandum Opinion
Rusoro Mining Limited v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Memorandum Opinion
Gaskin v. Embassy of Canada to the United States Memorandum Opinion
Berkowitz v. Republic of Costa Rica Memorandum Opinion

Foreign Police Brutality in U.S. Court

Numerous legal issues affecting the jurisdiction of U.S. courts in matters of alleged foreign victims of police brutality lead to an educational decision in the matter Doe v. Buratai. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia examined exemptions to the claims of immunity for foreign official acts and under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. It explained also the bases of personal jurisdiction, including specific jurisdiction, and its constitutional limitations where there is no nexus to the United States. Without a nexus, the plaintiffs of an allegedly discriminated ethnic and religious group sought to establish jurisdiction under the Torture Victims Protection Act, among other bases, but could not carry their burden of showing that the court has subject-matter jurisdiction. The court in Washington, DC, closed on July 19, 2018 with this conclusion: This case presents appalling allegations, but the Court can only hear cases over which it has jurisdiction. Lacking personal and subject-matter jurisdiction, the Court must grant the defendants' Motions to Dismiss. -- Clemens Kochinke, partner, Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP, Washington, DC.

Complaint Against Russia and Trump Sycophants

The complaint against the Trump family and his sycophants as well as Russia in Democratic Na­ti­o­nal Committee v. Fede­ra­ti­on of Rus­si­a followed closely the revelation of the Comey memoranda on his disturbing meetings and calls with Trump. It was filed with the United States Court for the Sou­thern District of New York on April 19, 2018 and makes for interesting reading in the areas of computer law and sovereign immunity law. The plaintiff argues that Russia should not benefit from sovereign immunity under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. -- Clemens Kochinke, partner, Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP, Washington, DC.