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Case of the Day: DeJoria v. Maghreb Petroleum Exploration

The case of the day is DeJoria v. Maghreb Petroleum Exploration, S.A. (5th Cir. 2015). This is the appeal of the case of the day from September 4, 2014. I won’t repeat the facts from the prior post: the question in the case was whether a Moroccan judgment should be recognized, and in particular whether Morocco provides impartial tribunals and procedures compatible with the requirements of due process of law.
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Case of the Day: Rana v. Islam

The case of the day is Rana v. Islam (S.D.N.Y. 2015). Mashud Rana alleged that the defendant, Monirul Islam, Bangladesh’s former consul general in New York, and his wife, Fahima Tahsina Prova, had lured him to the United States to work as a domestic servant with false promises and then mistreated him. We’ve seen similar cases before, including my bête noire, Gurung v. Malhotra. Here, Islam moved to dismiss for want of subject matter jurisdiction and on grounds of insufficient service of process.
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Case of the Day: DeJoria v. Maghreb Petroleum Exploration

John Paul DeJoria
John Paul DeJoria. Credit: Hys69s
The case of the day is DeJoria v. Maghreb Petroleum Exploration S.A. (W.D. Tex. 2014). John Paul DeJoria and Maghreb Petroleum Exploration were partners in a Moroccan oil venture. In 2002, MPE sued DeJoria in Morocco, alleging that DeJoria had fraudulently misrepresented the value of his business in order to induce MPE to invest in it. The facts were complicated, but suffice it to say that the Moroccan royal family had reason to want DeJoria to lose. In 2009, the Moroccan court entered a judgment for more than $120 million against DeJoria. DeJoria then sued in Texas for a declaration that the Moroccan judgment was not entitled to recognition in Texas.
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