Law360: International Orgs Don’t Have Total Immunity, Justices Rule

February 27, 2019

In a 7-1 decision, the US Supreme Court held that international organizations do not maintain broader immunity from prosecution than foreign governments. The ruling will allow international organizations to be sued in connection with specific “commercial activities” under the International Organizations Immunities Act.

O’Melveny successfully represented the petitioners in this case—a group of farmers, fishermen, and a local government entity who claim to have experienced devastating environmental damage caused by a power plant in India financed through International Finance Corp. loans.

The Supreme Court’s ruling reversed the decision made in DC Federal Court and upheld by the DC Circuit Court.