Monday was not a good day for Argentina at the U.S. Supreme Court. In Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital, the court held 7 to 1 that the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA) does not immunize a foreign-sovereign judgment debtor (in this case, Argentina) from post-judgment discovery of information concerning its extraterritorial assets. At issue was whether Argentina’s creditors could obtain discovery about Argentina’s assets outside the United States, even if some or all of these assets might be immune from judgment in a U.S. court.
Were that not enough, the Supreme Court also turned away Argentina’s effort to put another case before the court. In a similarly captioned case, Argentina sought Supreme Court review of a lower court injunction that inhibits Argentina’s ability to restructure its debts. As I noted here, there was some question whether Argentina was willing to abide by an adverse court judgment, which may have influenced the Supreme Court’s willingness to grant its petition.
UPDATE: However bad today was for Argentina, I doubt they’ll make a movie about it.