Foreign State Compulsion

A Primer on Foreign State Compulsion

Foreign state compulsion (also called foreign sovereign compulsion) is a doctrine allowing a U.S. court to excuse violations of U.S. law or moderate the sanctions imposed for such violations on the ground that they are compelled by foreign law. The doctrine arises most often when foreign law blocks compliance with U.S. discovery requests and in…

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Throwback Thursday: Hartford Fire Insurance Co. v. California

Thirty years ago next week, the Supreme Court addressed the extraterritorial reach of U.S. antitrust laws in Hartford Fire Insurance Co. v. California. The Court reiterated that the Sherman Act applies to anticompetitive conduct abroad that causes substantial intended effects in the United States, but it divided sharply over the role of “international comity.” Writing…

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Cert Petition Challenges Second Circuit’s Comity Abstention Doctrine

A cert petition filed with the Supreme Court on March 21, 2022 challenges the doctrine of prescriptive comity abstention.  The Second Circuit used this doctrine to reverse a $147 million antitrust judgment against Chinese companies for fixing the price of vitamin C sold into the United States. The Second Circuit’s decision relies on the kind…

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Ingrid (Wuerth) Brunk

Vanderbilt Law School
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UC Davis School of Law
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Cornell Law School
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University of North Carolina School of Law
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Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
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Willamette University College of Law
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Georgia State University College of Law
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University of Birmingham
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University of Manchester
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University of California Berkeley
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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
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Renmin University of China Law School
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Renmin University of China Law School
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MKFL
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