1st Circ. Says Mass. Court Can Hear Ukraine Contract Case

Law360, New York (August 13, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT) -- The First Circuit on Monday ruled that a Massachusetts federal court can hear a complaint against Ukraine over its alleged breach of contract with Universal Trading and Investment Co. for asset recovery services, ruling that the two parties had entered a commercial relationship.

In a unanimous opinion, the panel upheld a Massachusetts federal court's decision that it has jurisdiction over the matter because Ukraine's contract with UTICo was deemed to be a commercial activity, which means that the government does not have protection under the Foreign...
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