Want a refresher on the governmental composition of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? Michael Kellogg is here to help.
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has stepped into a legal fight in Washington between the country's royal family and a Brooklyn artist who claims he is owed more than $12 million for commissioned sculpture.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in June revived the artist's suit against the royal family. Elli Bern Angellino sued royal family members in Washington's federal trial court over a dispute about payment for 29 sculptures.
No royal family member participated in the trial or appellate litigation. Now, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which wasn't a named defendant, wants the appeals court to clarify its opinion about who's who and what’s what.
Saudi Arabia, represented by Kellogg of Washington's Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, said the D.C. Circuit decision treats the kingdom itself as a substitute for the royal family.
Kellogg, who recently represented AT&T Inc. in the Justice Department's antitrust litigation in Washington, said the D.C. Circuit decision "is likely to lead to confusion in this and other cases in which members of the royal family are named as defendants."
The Saudi royal family, Kellogg said in court papers (PDF) filed Thursday, is not a governmental entity but a large collection of individuals. Kellogg goes into detail about the political structure of the country.
"Accordingly, the Kingdom respectfully requests that this Court’s opinion be revised to clarify that the royal family is not equivalent to the Kingdom for purposes of service of process," Kellogg said in court papers.
Kellogg said Saudi Arabia is even willing to accept service from Angellino—that is, if he files an amended complaint and names Saudi Arabia, the country, as a defendant.
Not that Kellogg, of course, is encouraging Angellino to file another suit.
"To be clear, the Kingdom does not believe he has a good-faith basis to do so," Kellogg said.