Memorandum Opinion and Order
In this case, two Mauritian mining companies seek recognition of a foreign court judgment enforcing an arbitral award against the Republic of Zimbabwe, the Chief Mining Commissioner of the Zimbabwean Ministry of Mines, and the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (“ZMDC”), a corporation that is majority-owned by the government of Zimbabwe. All three Defendants have moved to dismiss the complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, lack of personal jurisdiction, and failure to state a claim. The Court will grant the motions as to ZMDC and the Republic. Plaintiffs’ theory for the Court’s subject matter jurisdiction over the Republic and their theory for personal jurisdiction over ZMDC are both premised on the allegation that ZMDC is the Republic’s alter ego. But, for the reasons explained below, the Court is not convinced that Plaintiffs have adequately pleaded that alter ego relationship. Because Plaintiffs might remedy that omission with more developed factual allegations, the Court will permit them to amend their complaint accordingly. As for the claims against the Chief Mining Commissioner, the Court concludes that it has jurisdiction and will deny the Commissioner’s motion to dismiss.