Isabel de Letelier sued via tort claim [private or civil wrong or injury resulting from a breach of a legal duty that exists by virtue of society’s expectations regarding interpersonal conduct, rather than by contract or other private relationship] the Republic of Chile alleging that it had directed the car bomb death in Washington, D.C. of her husband Orlando Letelier, and another person.
Chile sent a note suggesting that the court lacked subject matter jurisdiction.
The court award $5 million,
The judgement was not satisfied and an attempt to obtain execution against assets of the Chilean National airline was rejected by a court of Appeals, 1984.
The US made an international claim against Chile, that rejected responsibility for the incident, but expressed its willingness to make and ex gratia payment. The amount was to be determined by The ChileUS I Commission