Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

A case presenting the questions whether the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act applies to a corporation whose stock is owned indirectly by a foreign state through a tiered ownership structure, and whether an entity’s status as an “instrumentality” of a foreign state is to be determined at the time of the filing of the complaint or at the time of the events giving rise to the litigation. Dole Food Co. v. Patrickson, 538 U.S. 468 (2003), 251 F.3d 795 (9th Cir. 2001). See 2002 WL 31261029 (brief) (U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit).

U.S. citizens formerly held hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran from 1979-1981 in a suit for damages against Iran. David M. Roeder, et al. v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 542 U.S. 914 (2004), 333 F.3d 228 (D.C. Cir. 2003). See 2004 WL 1204460, 2004 WL 267760, 2003 WL 25591516, 2003 WL 25591517 (briefs) (U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit).