March 25, 2008
On March 17, 2008, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Republic of the Philippines v. Pimentel, a case involving a dispute over the assets of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. The Court was asked whether the Philippines, having been dismissed from the interpleader action based on its successful assertion of sovereign immunity, had the right to appeal the district court’s determination that it is not an “indispensable” party under Rule 19(b); and whether they have the right to seek this Court’s review of the court of appeals’ opinion affirming the district court. Vince Vitkowsky, a partner in Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge discusses the case.
Oral Argument - March 17, 2008: