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Federal Republic of Germany v. Philipp

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
19-351 D.C. Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD OT 2020

Issues: (1) Whether the “expropriation exception” of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which abrogates foreign sovereign immunity when “rights in property taken in violation of international law are in issue,” provides jurisdiction over claims that a foreign sovereign has violated international human-rights law when taking property from its own national within its own borders, even though such claims do not implicate the established international law governing states’ responsibility for takings of property; and (2) whether the doctrine of international comity is unavailable in cases against foreign sovereigns, even in cases of considerable historical and political significance to the foreign sovereign, and even when the foreign nation has a domestic framework for addressing the claims.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jul 26 2019Application (19A118) for a stay pending the filing and disposition of a petition for a writ of certiorari, submitted to The Chief Justice.
Jul 30 2019Application (19A118) denied by The Chief Justice. The application is denied without prejudice to petitioners filing a new application after seeking relief in the district court.
Sep 16 2019Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due October 18, 2019)
Oct 17 2019Brief of respondents Alan Philipp, et al. in opposition filed.
Dec 27 2019Reply of petitioners Federal Republic of Germany, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Dec 30 2019DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/17/2020.
Jan 21 2020The Solicitor General is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States.
May 26 2020Brief amicus curiae of United States filed. VIDED.
Jun 08 2020Supplemental brief of respondents Alan Philipp, et al. filed. VIDED. (Distributed)
Jun 09 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/25/2020.
Jun 29 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 7/1/2020.
Jul 02 2020Petition GRANTED.
Jul 29 2020Motion for an extension of time to file the briefs on the merits filed.
Jul 30 2020Motion to extend the time to file the briefs on the merits granted. The time to file the joint appendix and petitioners' brief on the merits is extended to and including September 4, 2020. The time to file respondents' brief on the merits is extended to and including October 22, 2020.
Jul 31 2020Consent to the filing of amicus briefs received from counsel for Alan Philipp, et al. submitted.
Jul 31 2020Consent to the filing of amicus briefs received from counsel for Federal Republic of Germany, et al. submitted.
 
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