Choice-of-Law Clauses

A choice-of-law clause is a contractual provision that selects a law to govern the contract. These clauses facilitate settlement by identifying the law that will be applied to resolve future disputes, thereby allowing the parties to more accurately assess the strength of potential claims.  They also reduce the costs of litigation by making it unnecessary for a court to conduct a choice-of-law analysis.

A Primer on Choice-of-Law Clauses

A choice-of-law clause is a contract provision that selects the law to govern the contract and claims relating to the contract.

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Supreme Court Grants Cert in Admiralty/Choice-of-Law Clause Case

Earlier today, the Supreme Court granted cert in Great Lakes Insurance SE v. Raiders Retreat Realty Co. LLC. The question presented is whether, under federal admiralty law, a choice-of-law clause in a maritime contract can be rendered unenforceable if enforcement is contrary to the “strong public policy” of the state whose law is displaced. The…

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Choice of Law in the American Courts in 2022

The thirty-sixth annual survey on choice of law in the American courts is now available on SSRN. The survey covers significant cases decided in 2022 on choice of law, party autonomy, extraterritoriality, international human rights, foreign sovereign immunity, foreign official immunity, the act of state doctrine, adjudicative jurisdiction, and the recognition and enforcement of foreign…

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Florida Man Seeks Enforcement of Forum Selection Clause

One of the internet’s more enduring memes is that of Florida Man. Florida Man is famous for “performing irrational, maniacal, or absurd actions in the U.S. state of Florida.” Over the years, Florida Man has attacked his neighbor with a tractor, been trapped in an unlocked closet for two days, fed iguanas to alligators in…

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