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Oveissi v. Islamic Republic of Iran, No. 07-7132

By FindLaw Staff on July 28, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

In an action against the Islamic Republic of Iran for causing Hezbollah's assassination of plaintiff's grandfather (chief of the Iranian armed forces), dismissal of plaintiff's emotional distress claim is reversed where the district court erred by failing to apply French law because, in addition to having the most significant relationship to the assassination, France had a strong governmental interest in both deterring attacks within its sovereign borders and ensuring compensation for injuries to its domiciliaries.

Read Oveissi v. Islamic Repub. of Iran, No. 07-7132

Appellate Information

Argued March 12, 2009

Decided July 28, 2009


Opinion by Judge Garland


For Appellant:

James W. Spertus, Los Angeles, CA

Ezra D. Landes, Los Angeles, CA

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