The International Enforcement Law Reporter

The International Enforcement Law Reporter is a monthly print and online journal covering news and trends in international enforcement law.

Since September 1985, the International Enforcement Law Reporter has analyzed the premier developments in both the substantive and procedural aspects of international enforcement law. Read by practitioners, academics, and politicians, the IELR is a valuable guide to the difficult and dynamic field of international law.

U.S. Congress Enacts Law Enabling Civil and Criminal Liability for Interactive Computer Services

Friday, May 18, 2018
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

On April 11, 2018, President Donald Trump signed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA).   The new law amends federal sex trafficking laws, establishes a new federal law criminalizing the promotion or facilitation of prostitution, and amends Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to exclude from its protection acts that would constitute either a violation of federal sex trafficking laws or a criminal violation of the new federal criminal prostitution law.

 

Indictment Charges McAllen, Texas Doctor with $240 Million Health Care Fraud and International Money Laundering

Friday, May 18, 2018
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

On May 14, 2018, an indictment unsealed and issued by a federal grand jury in McAllen, Texas charges Jorge Zamora-Quezada, 61, of Mission, Texas with a $240 million health care fraud and international money laundering scheme.

ICE to Return Nearly 4,000 Smuggled Artifacts Purchased By Hobby Lobby to Iraq

Friday, May 18, 2018
Author: 
Zarine Kharazian
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 
On May 2, 2018, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that it will return nearly 4,000 ancient artifacts, including roughly 450 cuneiform tablets and 3000 clay bullae, to the country of Iraq. The artifacts had been smuggled into the U.S. in violation of U.S. and law, after being bought by Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the Oklahoma-based U.S. arts and crafts retailer. [1]

Grandfather of Eel Fishing Sentenced for Illegally Trafficking American Eels

Friday, May 11, 2018
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

On May 3, 2018, U.S. District Judge Jon Levy in Portland, Maine sentenced William Sheldon to six months in prison followed by three years supervised release for trafficking juvenile American eels, also called “elvers” or “glass eels,” in violation of the Lacey Act.

Parents of Otto Warmbier Sue North Korea under FSIA for Their Son’s Torture and Wrongful Death

Friday, May 11, 2018
Author: 
Zarine Kharazian
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 
n April 26, 2018, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, the parents of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, filed suit against the government of North Korea for the torture and wrongful death of their son. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Pakistan and U.S. Clash over U.S. Diplomat’s Accident Killing Motorcyclist

Friday, May 11, 2018
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

On April 7, 2018, police reports and relatives say a U.S. embassy vehicle driven by Defense and Air Attaché Col. Joseph Emanuel Hall collided with a motorcycle, killing 22-year-old motorcyclist Ateeq Baig, and injuring another person on the bike.  A Pakistani court has criticized Pakistani authorities for not imposing foreign travel restrictions on Hall.

In Jesner v. Arab Bank, U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Corporate Liability for International Law Violations under the Alien Tort Statute

Friday, May 4, 2018
Author: 
Zarine Kharazian
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
4
Abstract: 

In a 5-4 ruling issued on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) cannot be used to sue foreign corporations. With Justice Kennedy writing for the majority, the Court affirmed the Second Circuit’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit against Arab Bank PLC, a Jordanian financial institution with a branch in New York. The litigants claimed that the bank had facilitated transactions that had benefited terrorists that had committed attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Kennedy was joined in his opinion by the Court’s conservative flank. The case is Jesner v. Arab Bank.

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