Jackson v. People's Republic of China

794 F.2d 1490 (1986)

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Jackson v. People’s Republic of China

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
794 F.2d 1490 (1986)

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Facts

In 1982, Russell Jackson (plaintiff) obtained a federal district court’s judgment that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) (defendant) owed Jackson payment on bonds issued in 1911 by China’s former imperial government. The PRC asserted absolute sovereign immunity against Jackson’s attempts to enforce the judgment and petitioned the district court for relief. The United States Department of State (state department) backed the PRC’s petition by officially notifying the court that the judgment was a major impediment to improving relations with the PRC. In light of the state department’s position, the court granted the PRC’s petition and set aside its judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b)(6). Jackson appealed to the Eleventh Circuit.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Godbold, C.J.)

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