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Jam v. International Finance Corp.

ELR Citation: 51 ELR 20131
Nos. 20-7092, (D.C. Cir., 07/06/2021)

The D.C. Circuit affirmed dismissal of 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 argued the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) should be held responsible for injuries they suffered due to environmental and social harm caused by the power plant. A district court dismissed the suit, concluding the IFC was immune from suit under the International Organizations Immunities Act (IOIA). The appellate court found that because plaintiffs' claims were not based upon activity carried out in the United States and because the IFC had not waived its immunity under the IOIA, it lacked subject matter jurisdiction and thus affirmed dismissal of the suit.