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Nocula v. UGS Corp., 06-3386

In a suit involving various tort and contract claims against a parent company and its sublicensee that instituted criminal proceedings against plaintiff's company in Poland, dismissal of the complaint is affirmed where the district court properly invoked the act-of-state doctrine because the adjudication of the claims would require American courts to question the legality of the seizure and loss of property during the Polish criminal prosecution. Appeal from the dismissal of several claims is dismissed where: 1) the first notice of appeal was ineffective to provide notice of one party's appeal; 2) the second notice of appeal was untimely; 3) most claims asserted belonged to plaintiff's company, which was not named as a party; and 4) plaintiff is barred by the rule against shareholder standing from asserting claims on behalf of the company.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 03/26/2007
  • Decided 03/24/2008
  • Published 03/24/2008


  • SYKES, Circuit Judge., Before ROVNER and SYKES, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Kristi L. Browne (argued), Patterson Law Firm, Chicago, IL, for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Daniel P. Albers, Jonathan P. Froemel (argued), Barnes & Thornburg, Chicago, IL, for Defendants-Appellees.
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