Jack has highlighted his and Curt Bradley's excellent op-ed in the New York Times this morning explaining the negative consequences to amending the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act to allow Saudi Arabia and other countries to be sued for acts of international terrorism.
Latest in Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act
Curt Bradley and I have an op-ed in the NYT on the bill in Congress that aims to expose Saudi Arabia to lawsuits in American courts for its alleged connection to the 9/11 attacks.
On December 28, the Justice Department filed an amicus brief in Weinstein v. Islamic Republic of Iran, a case pending before the D.C. Circuit. At issue is whether country-code top-level domains are the property of those countries’ foreign governments.
This week the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Sachs v. OBB Personenverkehr. As expected, the Court held that OBB, a railroad owned by the Austrian government, was immune under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
How does the Supreme Court’s October Term 2015 look so far with respect to foreign relations and national security cases? The Court does not have any clear blockbusters like OT 2014’s Zivotofsky v. Kerry. Nevertheless, four potentially significant cases are already on the Court’s docket and cert petitions have been filed in a handful of others.
Supreme Court Oral Argument in OBB Personenverkehr v. Sachs, a Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act Case
The Supreme Court heard argument yesterday in OBB Personenverkehr v. Sachs. The case was brought by Carol Sachs, a California woman seriously injured while boarding a train in Austria. She sued the railway, OBB Personenverkehr, which is owned by the Republic of Austria.
Early this month, Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) was joined by Representatives Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and Sean Duffy (R-WI) in introducing H.R. 3457, the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act. Today, the White House released a statement threatening to veto the bill, which would tie the hands of the president and prevent him from providing sanctions relief to Iran as outlined in the JCPOA until after Tehran paid "each judgment against Iran" for its role in financing terrorism.