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Helmerich & Payne International v. Venezuela

Petition for certiorari denied on May 15, 2017
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
15-698 D.C. Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2016

Issue: (1) Whether, under the third clause of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976, a breach-of-contract action is “based … upon” any act necessary to establish an element of the claim, including acts of contract formation or performance, or solely those acts that breached the contract; and (2) whether, under Republic of Argentina v. Weltover, a breaching party’s failure to make contractually required payments in the United States causes a “direct effect” in the United States triggering the commercial activity exception where the parties’ expectations and course of dealing have established the United States as the place of payment, or only where payment in the United States is unconditionally required by contract. CVSG: 05/24/2016.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Oct 16 2015Application (15A423) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from October 28, 2015 to November 27, 2015, submitted to The Chief Justice.
Oct 20 2015Application (15A423) granted by The Chief Justice extending the time to file until November 27, 2015.
Nov 25 2015Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due December 28, 2015)
Dec 23 2015Brief of respondents Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, et al. in opposition filed.
Jan 19 2016Reply of petitioners Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co., et al. filed. (Distributed)
Jan 20 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of February 19, 2016.
Feb 29 2016The Solicitor General is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States.
May 24 2016Brief amicus curiae of United States filed.
Jun 6 2016Supplemental brief of petitioners Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co., et al. filed.
Jun 7 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 23, 2016.
Jun 27 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of June 27, 2016.
May 8 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of May 11, 2017.
May 15 2017Petition DENIED.