What began as a loan between friends turned into an international legal dispute that raised fears over the future of legal and business relationships between the United States and Mexico.

But lawyers on both sides of the border breathed a sigh of relief March 24 when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a San Antonio federal judge’s decision not to recognize a Mexican judgment. Observers say the decision in Southwest Livestock and Trucking et. al. v. Reginaldo Ram�n averted a potential international legal disaster.

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