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Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
Dames & Moore v. Regan
Citation:453 U.S. 654 (1981)
In 1979, the American Embassy in Tehran was seized and our diplomatic personnel were captured and held hostage. In response to that crisis, President Carter, acting pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, declared a national emergency and blocked the removal or transfer of all property of Iran to the United States. Petitioner Dames and Moor sued the Government of Iran claiming that it owed money for services performed under the contract with Iranian government. In 1981, the American hostages were released by Iran pursuant to an agreement stating that the United States is to terminate all legal proceedings in the U.S courts involving claims of U.S persons against Iran to nullify all attachments and judgments. President Regan suspended all claims pursuant to the agreement between the U.S and Iran.
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