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Case of the Day: Valambhia v. Tanzania

Posted on April 8, 2019

The case of the day is Valambhia v. United Republic of Tanzania (D.D.C. 2019). In 1985, the Tanzanian Ministry of Defense contracted with Transport Equipment Ltd. for tanks, troop carriers, and other military equipment. Tanzania paid the amount due under the contract for a few years through the Bank of Tanzania. In 1989, Transport Equipment entered into a contract with its director, Devram Valambhia, under which Valambhia would receive 45% of the contract revenue, and Tanzania acknowledged that agreement and promised to begin paying Valambhia. At first, Tanzania paid as promised, but it then began litigation in Tanzania aimed at proving that the contracts were unenforceable. The ultimate outcome was a judgment in Valambhia’s favor and even a garnishment order, but the Bank of…

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Case of the Day: Minis v. Thomson

Posted on May 5, 2014

The case of the day is Minis v. Thomson (D. Mass. 2014). According to the applicants’ brief, Loserian Minis, Joshua Makko, and Lotha Nyaru were plaintiffs in an action in the High Court of Tanzania, Mondorosi Village Council v. Tanzania Breweries Ltd. The claim was that the plaintiffs, “Maasai pastoralists who have historically resided in the removte Ngorongoro District of the Arusha Region of Tanzania,” were the rightful owners, “through customary use and adverse possession,” of more than 12,000 acres of land called Sukenya Farm. They alleged that “Thomson Safaris’ Tanzanian affiliate, Tanzania Conservation Limited (TCL), forcibly evicted them and their fellow villagers so Thomson Safaris could run luxury safaris on the land.” Wineland-Thomson Adventures, which does business as Thomson Safaris, is a Massachusetts…

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