Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

We expect orders from the February 23 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
On Monday the court hears oral argument in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31. Amy Howe has our preview.
On Monday the court also hears oral argument in Ohio v. American Express Co. Beth Farmer has our preview.

Samantar v. Yousuf

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-1555 4th Cir. Mar 3, 2010
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Jun 1, 2010 9-0 Stevens OT 2009

Disclosure: Thomas C. Goldstein, Amy Howe, and Kevin Russell, all of whom work for or contribute to this blog in various capacities, were among the counsel to the respondents in this case.

Holding: The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) generally protects foreign governments from being sued in American courts, even for violations of human rights. The Court ruled that FSIA does not protect a former official of foreign government from suit (in this case, a former Somalian defense minister sued for alleged atrocities committed in Somalia).

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice John Paul Stevens on June 1, 2010. Justice Alito filed a concurring opinion. Justice Thomas filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment. Justice Scalia filed an opinion concurring in the judgment.

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