sovereign immunity

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Noun1.sovereign immunity - an exemption that precludes bringing a suit against the sovereign government without the government's consent; "the doctrine of sovereign immunity originated with the maxim that the king can do no wrong"
granting immunity, exemption, immunity - an act exempting someone; "he was granted immunity from prosecution"
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At issue before the court was a very technical legal matter of what the law allows those who win suits against foreign governments to seize.
Prior to the terrorism exception's enactment, several courts had allowed suits against foreign governments under the noncommercial tort exception for tortuous--and arguably 'terrorist'-- acts occurring in the United States." [Slip op.
When the Court ruled last term that Maria Altmann's suit could proceed, there was a flood of news coverage discussing how the decision would bring other Holocaust-era suits against foreign governments to U.S.