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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: Doğan v. Barak

Posted on August 6, 2019

The case of the day is Doğan v. Barak (9th Cir. 2019). I wrote about the district court decision in 2016, and I have also written about another case in the “Gaza flotilla lawfare” genre, Schermerhorn v. Israel, three times (when it was filed, at the district court, and in the DC Circuit). Ahmet and Himet Doğan, both Turkish nationals, were the parents of Furkan Doğan, a US citizen who took part in the Gaza flotilla’s attempt to run the blockade of Gaza and who was killed in the fighting that occurred when the IDF boarded the flotilla vessels after they refused to turn back. They sued Ehud Barak, then Israel’s Minister of Defense, under the Alien Tort Statute, the Torture Victim Protection Act,…

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Case of the Day: Ivey v. Lynch

Posted on August 14, 2018

The case of the day is Ivey v. Lynch (M.D.N.C. 2018). In 2012, a German court appointed Dr. Christian Willmer as the insolvency administrator for the assets of Ingolf Boex, who resided in Germany. The German court enjoined Boex from transferring his property and granted the power to dispose of Boex’s property to Willmer. Willmer hired Andrew Lynch, a Washington D.C. lawyer, to represent him concerning Boex’s property in the United States. Willmer executed documents appointing Lynch as an officer of the Carolinas Golf Development Company (apparently Boex had been the controlling shareholder)  for the limited purpose of conveying a golf course to 71st Partners, LLC. Lynch, on Willmer’s instructions, executed and delivered a deed conveying the property. (It’s not critical to the outcome,…

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