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Supreme Court docket Dismisses Key Argument in Holocaust Artwork Seizures Lawsuit

US Supreme Court building; image by Mark Thomas, via Pixabay.com.

The Supreme Court ruled against the descendants of Holocaust victims whose ancestors were forced to sell valuable works of art to Nazi officials for a fraction of their real value. Under normal circumstances, individuals cannot sue foreign states in a national court. According to CNN, the judges found that the plaintiffs’ claim did not meet … Read more

Argument evaluation: In Holocaust survivors’ lawsuit, justices probe historical past and limits of comity abstention

Argument analysis: In Holocaust survivors’ lawsuit, justices probe history and limits of comity abstention

The first of two cases argued Monday, Republic of Hungary v. Simon, explored how courts should evaluate foreign-policy concerns in deciding whether to exercise jurisdiction over disputes involving foreign countries — and how much to defer to congressional choices in those decisions. Meanwhile, the potential ripple effects of the subsequently argued companion case, Federal Republic … Read more

Case preview: International sovereign immunity, comity and the Holocaust

Case preview: Foreign sovereign immunity, comity and the Holocaust

The Holocaust (in Hebrew Shoah, or “destruction”) comes to the Supreme Court on Monday. Republic of Hungary v. Simon and Federal Republic of Germany v. Philipp require the justices to decide whether classes of survivors can pursue claims in federal court seeking compensation from the European countries and related entities that took property from their … Read more