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Dechert attorneys recently won a key victory in a fight to win damages from foreign diplomats who allegedly brought domestic servants into the United States and then abused them. Although two Kuwaiti officials have asserted that diplomatic immunity protects them from prosecution and lawsuits in the U.S., Dechert partner David Kotler and associate The Am Law Pro Bono 100Catherine Rosata convinced a federal judge that the defendants’ residual immunity—any immunity that remains after the diplomats are no longer serving—should be reduced. The ruling, which came in April in federal district court in Manhattan, is one of the latest developments in two lawsuits Kotler and Rosata have filed since 2006 on behalf of four Indian women who allege that their diplomat employers treated them like slaves. The women say the diplomats underpaid, imprisoned, threatened, and physically abused them, and they are seeking damages that could total millions of dollars. The U.S. Department of State has expelled the diplomats from the country, but the Kuwait Mission and Embassy deny the allegations in each case, attributing the alleged behavior to cultural differences. The plaintiffs are also suing Kuwait, saying the state is responsible for the trafficking and exploitation of servants by its diplomats.

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