U.S. Supreme Court: Sovereign Immunity Bars Austrian Train Injury Suit

Mealey's (December 1, 2015, 1:05 PM EST) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act bars a California woman’s suit against the Austrian state-owned railway after she lost both her legs in an accident, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Dec. 1 (OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Carol P. Sachs, No. 13-1067, U.S. Sup.; 2015 U.S. LEXIS 7670).

(Opinion available. Document #77-151209-005Z.)

Carol Sachs, a California resident, purchased a Eurail pass over the Internet from a Massachusetts-based travel agent. While using that pass in Austria, Sachs fell onto the tracks at the Innsbruck, Austria,...
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