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Devengoechea v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Allegation: Orlando, Fla. man inherits massive trove of keepsakes, correspondence of Simón Bolívar, who helped six South American countries secure independence from Spain. In 2007, Venezuelan officials meet with him in Orlando, take collection back to Venezuela for further inspection, promising to either buy or return it. They do neither; the collection remains in Venezuela. Eleventh Circuit: Venezuela is not entitled to sovereign immunity; the man can sue.


Tags: 2018, Eleventh Circuit, International Law, Property Law, Property Rights, Sovereign Immunity

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