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Case of the Day: United States ex rel. Bunk v. Gosselin Worldwide Moving

Posted on April 12, 2017

The case of the day is United States ex rel. Bunk v. Gosselin Worldwide Moving, N.V. (E.D. Va. 2016). Kurt Bunk and Ray Ammons sued Gosselin Worldwide Moving, N.V. under the False Claims Act, alleging that Gosselin had acted wrongfully (the opinion doesn’t say exactly how) in connection with its participation in two military shipping programs, the Direct Procurement Method program and the International Through Government Bill of Lading program. The government intervened in the action with respect to the ITGBL claims. By then, Gosselin had sold its ITGBL business to GovLog. The final judgment held Gosselin liable for $24 million on the DPM claims and held it was not liable on the ITGBL claims. The government had also asserted claims for successor liability…

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Case of the Day: United States v. Trabelsi

Posted on March 9, 2017

The case of the day is United States v. Trabelsi (D.C. Cir. 2017). Days after the 9/11 attack, Nizar Trabelsi, a Tunesian national and former professional footballer, was arrested in Belgium. The policy searched his apartment and found an Uzi submachine gun and a list of chemicals used to make explosives. He was charged with conspiracy, destruction by explosion, possession of weapons of war, and belonging to a private militia. He was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison.

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Case of the Day: Receivers of Sabena v. Deutsche Bank

Posted on July 19, 2016

The case of the day is Receivers of Sabena SA v. Deutsche Bank AG (N.Y. App. Div. 2016). Sabena, before it became insolvent, was Belgium’s national airline. It provided airplane maintenance services to Sudan Airways Ltd. In 1997, to pay for some services Sabena had provided for its planes, Sudan Airways initiated an electronic funds transfer for $360,000 with Sabena as the beneficiary. Sudan Airways’s bank was the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. Generale Bank was Sabena’s bank. Bankers Trust, in New York, was the intermediary bank. Its successor-in-interest was Deutsche Bank. To understand the case, you need to know a little about electronic funds transfers, which are governed by Article 4-A of the UCC (or more precisely in this case, New York’s enactment…

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