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Kolovrat v. Oregon

366 U.S. 187 (1961)

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Kolovrat v. Oregon

United States Supreme Court

366 U.S. 187 (1961)

Facts

Kolovrat (plaintiff), a citizen and resident of Yugoslavia, was denied a claim to an inheritance in Oregon (defendant). The Oregon Supreme Court denied the claim on the ground that the Yugoslavian Foreign Exchange Laws and Regulations violated an Oregon probate statute, which required that the inheritance not be subject to confiscation by the foreign government and required that the country of the individual claiming the inheritance gave United States citizens a reciprocal ability to collect any inheritance. Kolovrat appealed the decision, alleging that the state’s decision violated an 1881 treaty between the United States and Yugoslavia and the International Monetary Fund (Bretton Woods) Agreement of 1945, which the United States and Yugoslavia had signed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Black, J.)

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