Foreign Enforcement of a US Civil Forfeiture Judgment

This is a summary and the full text of a judgment of the Royal Court of Jersey concerning the enforcement of a US civil forfeiture judgment.  The case was brought against $287 million in assets stolen from Nigeria by the former dictator of that country, Gen. Sani Abacha, laundered through financial institutions in the United States, and deposited in bank accounts in Jersey in the Channel Islands.

The case deals with the enforcement of a US default judgment in a foreign court and the scope of forfeiture under US money laundering law.  The court entered judgment in favor of the United States.

Doraville Properties Corporation v Her Majesty’s Attorney General [2016] JRC128

Doraville Summary