Sat, Oct. 08, 2005

Jurisdictional Discovery

.   In the Embassy Law Blog, Thomas Corcoran explains the D.C. Circuit's September 30, 2005 ruling in Robert Lee Beecham et al. v. Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya et al., docket number 04-7037, which involves the issue of damages for those killed in the Berlin discotheque bombing--which followed the killing of 35 Libyan seamen in a naval clash with the United States of America and after which then-President Reagan bombed Tripoli, killing another 15--and the sovereign immunity exception claimed by the government of Libya under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

Libya's appeal of the jurisdictional discovery plan suggested by the district court was ruled premature. As a result, in FSIA cases, sovereign defendants may be ordered to participate in a joint effort to develop a plan for jurisdictional discovery without being able to claim that the order constitutes an undue burden under the FSIA.


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