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Can Egypt's Telecom Giants Be Sued In the US? 105

Posted by timothy
from the those-phones-really-tied-the-room-together dept.
bedouin writes "In April, the Egyptian Centre for Housing Rights filed a lawsuit on behalf of other plaintiffs against the three telecommunications companies (and a number of current and former Egyptian officials) seeking compensation for the damages they suffered due to the shutdown of communications. The case is ongoing. An interesting question is whether any of these companies could also be sued in US courts."
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Can Egypt's Telecom Giants Be Sued In the US?

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  • Re:Connected (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 25, 2011 @05:55AM (#36237132)

    The idea that someone committing an act in one country, with effects within that country, can then be sued in another... it's patently ridiculous.

    Not really, in a lot of European countries you can get prosecuted for having sex with a minor overseas, altough:
    1) It's an act commited overseas.
    2) The effects of the act stay overseas.
    3) The act itself might not have been illegal overseas*

    (* If you come from a country that 18 as "age of consent" you're still not allowed to have a sex with a 14 year old even if in that country the "age of consent" would be 14)

    So, the rules are not entirely ridiculous.
    As a citizen you're supposed to follow the rules of AND your own country AND the country you visit, whichever is more restrictive. That also goes for companies with overseas departments (which is the claim in this case)

  • You are a spiv (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 25, 2011 @06:11AM (#36237182)

    I would say no, you scum sucking money grabber. Trying to profit from a revolution in the third world by suing whats left in Egypt is pretty low.

    You disgust me, you miserable (barely) human being.

  • by thej1nx (763573) on Wednesday May 25, 2011 @06:54AM (#36237330)

    Well USA has been enforcing its laws, demands, fancies on other countries for plenty of time. As per new American vision, national sovereignty of other countries means zilch. American citizens can go and illegally spy in other countries, murder innocents and can get accorded diplomatic immunity after the fact and officially get away by throwing some cash around.

    Even diplomatic immunity and Geneva convention is being abandoned. Torture is acceptable. Diplomats and their families can be strip-searched, arrested and humiliated if US thinks that there will be no retaliation. Here is just the latest example :
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/diplo_daughter_keyed_up_kgp3ZqKcEx9nVwPoD9g0aM [nypost.com]

    Apparently American murderers and rapists(check out Okinawa American base in Japan) can get away scott-free, while US authorities decide as per need, whether diplomatic immunity laws do or do not apply, irrespective of International laws and norms.

    Mod me flamebait or troll, if you will. But USA has *always* had a superiority complex and believes even its murderers and rapists are sacrosanct. Even in rare cases, when they allowed prosecution, some kind of deal for a compromise has always been worked out. Only place where US chooses to comply to the international laws is where it feels there is a lot at risk or if it can get its ass royally kicked(i.e. in China for example, where USA military might means naught).

    And yep, thanks to the internet and US-propelled globalisation, everyone has US assets or eventually will. Paypal happily freezes accounts of whoever the USA government does not likes. Everyone has a Visa or MasterCard these days. And with US based banks operating in almost all the countries, similar pressure can get eventually employed to force the foreign branches of say Citibank to freeze even accounts that are not in USA. It totally depends on whether or not, your government can stand up to the USA.

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