A party that has obtained a judgment against a foreign sovereign under one of the exceptions to the general immunity granted by the FSIA–as here, a judgment for damages from an act of terrorism against a state sponsor of terrorist acts–is still restricted in the enforcement of the judgment. Generally, only the foreign state’s commercial assets may be subject to execution of such a judgment. 28 U.S.C. § 1610(g) does not grant any independent exception to that rule but instead allows a judgment creditor to reach assets in the hands of the foreign state’s agency or instrumentality if some other portion of section § 1610 exempts property of that category from the general immunity from execution.
U.S. Supreme Court (Sotomayor, J.); February 21, 2018; 2018 WL 987348.