In an action against the Islamic Republic of Iran for causing Hezbollah's assassination of plaintiff's grandfather (chief of the Iranian armed forces), dismissal of plaintiff's emotional distress claim is reversed where the district court erred by failing to apply French law because, in addition to having the most significant relationship to the assassination, France had a strong governmental interest in both deterring attacks within its sovereign borders and ensuring compensation for injuries to its domiciliaries.
Argued March 12, 2009
Decided July 28, 2009
Opinion by Judge Garland
Ezra D. Landes, Los Angeles, CA