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Case of the Day: United States v. Lebanese Canadian Bank SAL

Posted on June 15, 2012

The case of the day is United States v. Lebanese Canadian Bank SAL (S.D.N.Y. 2012). Following a Drug Enforcement Agency investigation into an “alleged scheme to launder money through the U.S. financial system and the used car market, for the benefit of Hizballah, designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. Department of State,” the government brought an in rem civil forfeiture action and and also brought a civil money laundering action against several used car purchasers and several foreign financial institutions: Lebanese Canadian Bank SAL, Ellissa Holding Company, and Hassan Ayash Exchange Co., each of which was located in Lebanon; Salhab Travel Agency and STE Marco SARL, located in Togo; and STE Nomeco SARL, located in Benin. Neither Lebanon, Togo, nor Benin…

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Case to Watch: Linde v. Arab Bank

Posted on March 8, 2012

H/T to Alison Frankel for the pointer to the oral arguments in Linde v. Arab Bank plc, which was heard in the Second Circuit earlier this week. The case is timely in light of the recent ABA resolution on Aérospatiale and foreign data protection laws. The claim in the case is the the Arab Bank, a leading Jordanian bank with offices around the world (including in New York), is liable to the plaintiffs for injuries suffered in terrorist attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories because, according to the complaint, the Bank acted as banker to the terrorists behind the attacks. In particular, the claim is that the Bank knowingly and intentionally, both directly and indirectly, facilitated the attacks by the Islamic Resistance Movement…

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Case of the Day: Nasr v. El-Harke

Posted on June 17, 2011

The case of the day, Nasr v. El-Harke (Minn. Ct. App. 2011), involves recognition and enforcement of a Lebanese child custody order. Ordinarily I do not cover the child custody cases my Westlaw query captures, which generally arise under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. For one thing, there are a lot of them—on many that they might overwhelm the blog if I tried to keep up. For another thing, the Convention is more or less sui generis, and cases arising under it may not be of much interest to folks who don’t handle family law cases. But Nasr is interesting to me for two reasons. First, Lebanon is not a party to the Convention, and the case arises…

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