Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez isn’t exactly chummy with the United States. So why would his government agree to be sued in U.S. courts?

It wouldn’t — as a team of Foley Hoag lawyers proved in a $200 million Manhattan federal district court case that was dismissed May 2. Foley represented the government of Venezuela in the suit, which was brought by two mining companies forced to surrender 20-year mining concessions so Venezuela could build a dam.

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