D.C. Judge Refuses To Declare Nigeria’s Appeal On Scheduling Order Frivolous

Mealey's (November 6, 2018, 2:23 PM EST) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — A District of Columbia federal judge on Nov. 1 refused a British Virgin Island company’s request that an appeal by the Federal Republic of Nigeria of an order requiring it to submit all arguments on jurisdiction and the merits in opposition to a petition to confirm a $6,597,000,000 award be declared frivolous, noting that the D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has not yet determined whether a sovereign can seek an interlocutory appeal of a procedural order requiring it to act before a sovereign immunity determination (Process And Industrial Developments Limited v. Federal Republic Of Nigeria, et al., No. 1:18cv594, D. D.C.)....

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