No. 88-2663.

877 F.2d 574 (1989)

RUSH-PRESBYTERIAN-ST. LUKE'S MEDICAL CENTER, the Chicago Regional Organ and Tissue Bank, Dr. Frederick K. Merkel, June D. Bajor and South Chicago Community Hospital, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. The HELLENIC REPUBLIC, a Foreign Country, the Hellenic Republic National Agricultural Insurance Institute, a Greek Institution, and the Social Insurance Institute of Greece, a Greek Institution, Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided June 14, 1989.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Catalina J. Sugayan, Floyd A. Wisner, Lord, Bissell & Brook, William J. Harte, Cynthia Photos Abbott, Peter Petrakis, Katten, Muchin, & Zavis, Chicago, Ill., for plaintiffs-appellees.

George C. Pontikes, Foss, Schuman, Drake & Barnard, Theodore Rodes, Jr., Porikos, Rodes & Economos, Arlington Hills, Ill., for defendants-appellants.

Before CUDAHY, POSNER and RIPPLE, Circuit Judges.

CUDAHY, Circuit Judge.

The principal issue in this appeal is whether the Greek government's execution of a contract to reimburse physicians and an organ bank for the costs of kidney transplants performed on Greek nationals constitutes a "commercial activity" under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 ("FSIA" or "the Act").1 The district court held that the Greek government's execution of the contract constituted a "commercial activity...

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