(RoyalPatriot.com )- After he was dragged through the mud, illegally spied on and had his life destroyed, former Trump adviser Carter Page sued everyone involved.
In addition to filing an 8-count complaint in late November 2020 against US government, the Department of Justice, the FBI and the individuals responsible for obtaining four illegal FISA orders against him, Page also filed a defamation lawsuit against DNC/Clinton-linked law firm Perkins Coie over its involvement in funding the now-debunked Steele Dossier.
But in June that case was dismissed by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on a bizarre technicality.
Perkins Coie argued in court that, as three of its partners are “stateless” US citizens living in China, the firm has immunity from being sued under the federal courts’ diversity standards.
In other words, this American law firm is claiming it cannot be sued in the United States because three of its partners are live in China. Therefore those three being “stateless US citizens domiciled in China” grants immunity from lawsuit onto the entire law firm.
The tactic worked.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the case based on that argument, determining that the entire law firm does indeed take on the “stateless status” of its three partners. Therefore this attribution of statelessness deprived the court of the power to hear the case.
Seems insane. But there it is.
At the same time the appellate judges did acknowledge that the legal theory of federal court immunity for “stateless” entities was a novel one based on laws created long before multinational corporations became commonplace. Given that, Page’s lawsuit against Perkins Coie may be ripe for review by the Supreme Court.
The Judges added that the Supreme Court hasn’t explicitly addressed this issue as yet. But the court has held that a stateless citizen cannot be sued in diversity, and that the citizenship of a partnership is based on the citizenship of each individual.
Page plans to keep fighting in the courts, saying that he believes the Clinton-funded dossier amounted to improper foreign interference in the 2016 election.
Interestingly, the three so-called “stateless” partners of Perkins Coie either moved to China or joined the firm long after the firm paid Steele to concoct his so-called dossier.