The outbreak of the H1N1 influenza has demonstrated that contagions know few boundaries and spread wherever they can find an available host. Similarly, because of their broad jurisdictional rules, U.S. courts can be easy targets for "forum shopping" by foreign plaintiffs seeking redress against American companies for torts they claim have taken place abroad, says Harvard law professor Hal Scott. He writes that Congress could solve this problem with a strong, uniform policy for deciding forum non conveniens issues.
Commentary: Foreign Suits Reward Plaintiffs That Discriminate Against U.S. Firms
Special to Law.com
November 25, 2009