The first Olympic champion of independent Ukraine, Oksana Baiul, who has long resided in the United States, failed to sue our state for $ 50 million.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of the famous skater, who demanded to recover $ 50 million from Ukraine for allegedly “violation of the principle of good faith and fair business practice in the framework of an employment contract concluded with him”. Minister of Justice Denys Malyuska wrote on Facebook.
The legend of Ukrainian figure skating, the winner of the Olympic Games in Lillehammer 1994, Oksana Bayul, back in 2016, decided to appeal to the District Court of the Central District of California with a lawsuit against Ukraine to recover $ 50 million (among the other defendants, Mr. Joseph Lemir and two companies were indicated (from Delaware and BVI) “, – Malyushka said.
The lawsuit was allegedly justified in violation of the principle of good faith and fair business practice in the framework of an employment contract concluded with Oksana Bayul, and the transfer of the right to use his name, popularity and biographical information to unrelated third parties.
The District Court of the Central District of California on June 18, 2018 decided in favor of the state of Ukraine. Bauil filed an appeal.
Last Thursday, the Appeal Court of the Ninth Circuit of US made a decision, which upheld the position of the state and rejected the appeal of the Olympic champion.
The court acknowledged that Ukraine is protected from the jurisdiction of American courts in accordance with the provisions of the US Law on Foreign Immunity of the States (The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act), and the plaintiff did not provide sufficient arguments to confirm the validity of the application of exceptions to judicial immunity provided for by this Law.
Skater Oksana Baiul – Olympic champion in the 1994 Olympics, world champion (1993). Since 1994 lives in USA.