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Case of the Day: R. ex rel. Freedom and Justice Party v. Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs

Posted on July 24, 2018

The case of the day is R. ex rel. Freedom & Justice Party v. Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, [2018] EWCACiv 1719. I can’t do any better than the court did in stating the facts: The appellants are former members of the Egyptian government. Egypt has neither signed nor ratified the [UN Convention on Special Missions]. They contended that a person whom we will refer to as Lt. General Hegazy had been responsible for torture in the course of events which led to the downfall of the government of which they were members. In 2015 the FCO accepted the visit of Lt. General Hegazy and other members of his delegation as a special mission. The appellants requested that he be arrested.…

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Case of the Day: Lasheen v. Loomis Co.

Posted on October 9, 2017

The case of the day is Lasheen v. Loomis Co. (E.D. Cal. 2017). Mohamed Lasheen, an Egyptian national, was a visiting scholar in the United States in 2000. He enrolled in the Egyptian Embassy’s health care plan. Loomis was the plan’s third-party administrator. He was diagnosed with liver cancer, but his claim for coverage for a liver transplant was denied on the grounds that his cancer arose from a preexisting condition. In late 2000 Lasheen died. His estate sued Egypt under ERISA, the statute governing employee benefit plans. He obtained a default judgment against Egypt after the Egyptian government failed to appear at a mandatory status conference (Egypt had no FSIA immunity in light of the commercial activity exception).

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