Thompson & Skrabanek Hits the Republic of Senegal with Collections Lawsuit
On July 23, 2020, Thompson & Skrabanek, PLLC filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against the Republic of Senegal on behalf of the firm's client, Pape M. Diedhiou.
The lawsuit asserts breach of contract and other claims against Senegal for Mr. Diedhiou's unpaid work to the nation over a period of many years. Among performing many other services to Senegal for its exclusive benefit and at its specific request, Mr. Diedhiou served as a steward to a multi-million dollar piece of real estate in New York City over several years as it was purchased and ultimately developed. Yet when the bill came due, Senegal paid Mr. Diedhiou nothing for his efforts.
The lawsuit asserts that the numerous requests for assistance of Mr. Diedhiou regarding the property came directly from various high-ranking officials within the Senegalese government and that the officials requesting the assistance knew Mr. Diedhiou expected to be compensated for his efforts. The lawsuit further asserts Senegal directly benefited from Mr. Diedhiou's services. Additionally, the lawsuit asserts Senegal is not immune from liability pursuant to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act's immunity exemption for the commercial activities of a foreign entity carried on in the United States. The lawsuit seeks in excess of $1 million for the totality of Mr. Diedhiou's services.
The firm looks forward to assisting Mr. Diedhiou with his multi-year endeavor to be properly acknowledged and paid for his dedication to the project and his native country.
A copy of the lawsuit is available at the link below.