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Jam v. International Finance Corp.

ELR Citation: 46 ELR 20069
Nos. 15-612, (D.D.C., 03/24/2016) (Bates, J.)

A district court dismissed a lawsuit brought by Indian fishermen and farmers against the World Bank in connection with a $450 million loan issued for the construction of a coal-fired power plant in India. The plaintiffs filed suit against the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC), arguing it should be held responsible for injuries they have suffered due to environmental and social harm caused by the power plant. But the IFC is immune from suit under the International Organizations Immunities Act, and the IFC has not waived that immunity. None of the plaintiffs have a commercial relationship with the IFC, and this is not the type of suit for which waiver has previously been found. The case was therefore dismissed in its entirety.