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Republic of Iraq v. Beaty

Docket No.: 07-1090
Certiorari Granted: 1/9/2009
Argued: April 20, 2009
Decided: June 8, 2009
Consolidated with: Iraq v. Simon, No. 08-539 Opinion 556 U.S. ___ (2009) Granted Friday, January 9, 2009 Argued Monday, April 20, 2009 Decided Monday, June 8, 2009

PartyNames: Republic of Iraq v. Jordan Beaty, et al.
Petitioner: Republic of Iraq
Respondent: Jordan Beaty et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Republic of Iraq
v.
Jordan Beaty et al.
Question Presented:

1. Whether the Republic of Iraq possesses sovereign immunity from the jurisdiction of the courts of the United States in cases involving alleged misdeeds of the Saddam Hussein regime and predicated on the exception to immunity in former 28 U.S.C. ยง 1605(a)(7).

Question:

Do American courts have jurisdiction over lawsuits filed prior to the revision of 28 U.S.C. Section 1605(a)(7) against the Republic of Iraq when the alleged misdeeds occurred under the regime of Saddam Hussein?

Note:

EXPEDITED BRIEFING SCHEDULE.

Holding: reversed
Vote: 9-0
Opinion By: Justice Antonin Scalia
Read REPUBLIC OF IRAQ V. BEATY opinion (PDF)
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