December 2006 has seen a wealth of activity in the U.S. federal courts on topics of particular interest to private international practitioners. This month’s U.S. round-up will divide the pertinent and most interesting cases into four primary subject-matter areas: (1) Choice of law; (2) Personal Jurisdiction; (3) International Discovery; and (4) Foreign Sovereign Immunity. Part […]
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Peter Rutledge of the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, and Gary Born of WilmerHale recently announced the release of the fourth edition of their text, International Civil Litigation in United States Courts. In previous editions, the book has been lauded by critics as the leading US commentary and casebook on international civil […]
The 2006 American National Report, published yearly by the The American Society of Comparative Law, is now in print. The Society has as its laudable goal to "promote the comparative study of law and the understanding of . . . private international law," and the recent Report is no exception. In pertinent part, the Table […]
Three recent decisions from the U.S. federal courts present some interesting issues for this site’s readership. The first case of interest comes from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, often a bellwether for private international law matters. In
The United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear argument on Monday, October 31, in a matter which again visits the basic question of when an American punitive damage award is unconstitutionally excessive. In BMW of North America v. Gore, 517 U.S. 559 (1996), the Supreme Court first created constitutional limitations on punitive damages, requiring […]
For the first time since Piper Aircraft Co. v. Reyno in 1982, the United States Supreme Court will hear a case concerning the scope and applicability of the forum non conveniens doctrine when parallel proceedings are contemplated in a foreign court. In granting the petition for a writ of certiorari in Sinochem Int'l Co., Ltd. […]