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Case of the Day: Miango v. Democratic Republic of Congo

Posted on July 6, 2020

The case of the day is Miango v. Democratic Republic of Congo (D.D.C. 2020). Jacques Miango is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo who lives in Maryland. In 2014, he participated at a protest across the street from the Capella Hotel in Washington. After President Kabila entered the hotel, Miango alleged that DRC security personnel rushed out of the hotel and assaulted the protesters, broke into Miango’s car, and stole his property. Miango sued, and the court entered default judgments against the DRC, President Kabila, and other DRC personnel. The individual defendants moved to vacate the judgment and dismiss the action. The court granted the motion as to Kabila on grounds of head-of-state immunity. The court found that the remaining defendants did…

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Case of the Day: Broidy Capital Management v. Benomar

Posted on December 10, 2019

Today’s case of the day, Broidy Capital Management LLC v. Benomar (2d Cir. 2019), is at the intersection of cloak-and-dagger intrigue, international law, and the Trump era. Elliott Broidy was the deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee. He alleged that the State of Qatar and its agents had hacked his computers, stolen trade secrets and personal information, and passed it to the media. Qatar’s motive, according to Broidy, was to “discredit Broidy and curtail his influence,” because he was “an influential detractor responsible for President Trump’s public criticism of Qatar in June 2017.” Broidy sued Jamal Benomar in the Southern District of New York, alleging that he was a “secret Qatari agent,” and that he “had been paid by Qatar to participate…

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Case of the Day: Green v. First Liberty

Posted on May 11, 2018

The case of the day is Green v. First Liberty Ins. Corp. (E.D.N.Y. 2018). Nefeteri Green was driving in New York City when his car was hit by a car driven by Marco Suazo. Suazo’s car was owned by Monaco and registered to Isabelle Picco, Monaco’s representative to the United Nations. Green alleged that Suazo himself was an employee of the Monegasque mission; Suazo said instead that he was Picco’s husband. Green sued First Liberty, which had issued an insurance policy for Picco’s car. First Liberty moved to dismiss for failure to state a claim on which relief can be granted. Ordinarily, of course, the victim cannot sue a negligent tortfeasor’s insurer, because there is no privity of contract between them. That’s a fancy…

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