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Case of the Day: Osei v. Standard Chartered Bank

Posted on July 7, 2015

The case of the day is Osei v. Standard Chartered Bank (SDNY 2015). The plaintiff, Akwasi Boakye Osei, alleged that Standard Chartered Bank and Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Ltd. wrongfully dishonored several checks, causing him to suffer an injury. He sued in the High Court in Ghana, claiming breach of contract, conspiracy, and defamation and seeking more than $40 billion (!) in damages. He claims to have won a judgment of $14 million in Ghana, and he sought recognition in New York and other relief.

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Updates on Lago Agrio and Argentina

Posted on December 3, 2012

So as not to get too far into the week without some cases of the day, I am going to cover some recent happenings in two of our favorite cases in a single post. First is an update on the hearing on Chevron’s motion to dismiss in Toronto; second, the hearing on the Liberdad case in the Hague. Chevron’s Motion to Dismiss There has been a fair amount of coverage of Chevron’s motion to dismiss in Yaiguaje v. Chevron Corp., the Lago Agrio plaintiffs’ effort at recognition and enforcement in Ontario. According to Bloomberg, the judge seemed to favor Chevron’s jurisdictional arguments, which focus on the lack of connection between the case and Ontario, or rather the Chevron subsidiaries with a presence in Ontario.…

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Argentina Takes the Liberdad Case to the ITLOS

Posted on November 16, 2012

As I briefly noted a few weeks ago, a Ghanaian court, on the motion of NML Capital, arrested an Argentine naval vessel, the ARA Liberdad, while it was in port. NML, of course, is one of Argentina’s creditors on its sovereign debt. A coup for NML and its lawyers, and highly embarrassing for Argentina. I assume that the arrest was legal under Ghanaian law, though for comparison note that it would almost certainly not have been legal under 1611(b)(2) of the FSIA. But Argentina asserts that it was illegal under international law. I assume the case is that international law makes the Liberdad immune from arrest and that either Argentina has not waived its immunity or the immunity is not waivable. Argentina has now…

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