Republic of Hungary v. Rosalie Simon
On Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
Rosalie Simon and other Jewish survivors of the Holocaust in Hungary, sued the Republic of Hungary and other defendants in federal court in the United States seeking class certification and class-wide damages for property taken from them during World War II. They did not first file a lawsuit in Hungary. Rather, they invoked the expropriation exemption of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act in claiming the federal court had jurisdiction, though their substantive claims arose from federal and D.C. common law.