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Mortimer Off Shore Servs., Ltd. v. Fed. Repub. of Germany, 08-1783

In an action to enforce bearer bonds valued at $400,000,000 against the Federal Republic of Germany, the dismissal of the action is affirmed where: 1) plaintiff could not seek to enforce certain bonds without first complying with the statutory validation procedures aimed to ensure that the bonds represented valid, legal obligations; and 2) plaintiff failed to allege an action based upon a commercial activity that, if proven, would give rise to jurisdiction over a foreign sovereign.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 05/13/2009
  • Decided 07/26/2010
  • Published 07/26/2010


  • John M. Walker, Jr.


  • United States Second Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Peder A. Garske, Jeffrey Harris