June 24, 2008
On June 12, 2008, the Supreme Court decided Republic of the Philippines v. Pimentel, a case involving a dispute over the assets of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos. The Court held that under Rule 19 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a case involving an interpleader action involving assets allegedly stolen by Ferdinand Marcos could not proceed in the absence, as parties, of the Government of the Philippines and its Presidential Commission on Good Governance, which had been dismissed from the action on grounds of sovereign immunity. Vince Vitkowsky, a partner in Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge discusses the case.
Oral Argument - March 17, 2008:
Decision - June 12, 3008: