H.R. 5819 (101st): To amend title 28, United States Code, relating to jurisdictional immunities of foreign states, to grant the jurisdiction of the courts of the United States in certain cases involving tortious conduct occurring in a foreign state.

Oct 11, 1990 (101st Congress, 1989–1990)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Lawrence Smith
Representative for Florida's 16th congressional district
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H.R. 2357 (102nd) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

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Last Action: Aug 06, 1992


This bill was introduced on October 11, 1990, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Oct 11, 1990
Referred to Committee Oct 11, 1990

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Amends the Federal judicial code to make an exception to the jurisdictional immunity of a foreign state in any case in which money damages are sought against such state for personal injury or death, or damage to or loss of property, of a U.S. citizen employed by such state, occurring in such state, and caused by the tortious act or omission of such state or of any official or employee of such state while acting within the scope of his or her office or employment.
Makes an exception to immunity from attachment where the judgment relates to a claim for which the foreign state is not immune by virtue of such provision, regardless of whether the property is or was connected with the activity, act, or omission upon which the claim is based.
Specifies that property located in the United States of an agency or instrumentality of a foreign state engaged in commercial activity in this country shall not be immune from attachment or execution if the judgment relates to a claim for which the agency or instrumentality is not immune, regardless of whether the property is or was involved in the activity, act, or omission upon which the claim is based.

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