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U.S. Decisions: December 2006 Round-Up: Part I

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 […]

New Edition of International Civil Litigation Text

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 American Journal of Comparative Law, 2006 American National Report

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 […]

United States Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Punitive Damage Award

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 […]