North State Journal
November 28, 2016
On Sunday, November 20, Nexsen Pruet attorney David Robinson's "Letter to the Editor" was published in the North State Journal. His letter, "To protect Americans, amend or repeal JASTA," discusses the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) passed in October 2016, which "amends federal law in regards to civil claims against a foreign state for injuries, death, or damages from an act of international terrorism."
Whatever its intentions, JASTA opens a Pandora’s box — other nations will almost certainly amend their laws to permit their citizens to sue our military, diplomats, and government officials who are dutifully serving to protect our interests abroad. These lawsuits are particularly troubling to the men and women who serve in countries with questionable, often biased legal systems, that frequently blur the lines between civil and criminal actions...
It is critical that a solution is crafted to protect our men and women in uniform and our diplomatic corps. Americans who so proudly and honorably serve our nation require the full support of Congress, including the amendment or repeal of a law that in practice undermines their ability to protect our great nation.
Read the full letter from North State Journal online.
David Robinson currently serves as the Honorary Consul for Japan in North Carolina. As an attorney, he helps global businesses integrate corporate compliance and operational programs into subsidiary operations, facilitate the transfer of personnel among operations, comply with export control and boycott regulations, and negotiate commercial and joint venture relationships.