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When the British invaded in the 1960s, they came as rock and roll bands. Today, the British — joined by the Italians, the French and other foreign nationals — are storming America’s shores as plaintiffs in pharmaceutical personal-injury class action and other complex litigation matters. These plaintiffs sue domestic United States corporations for alleged injuries caused abroad by their international subsidiaries. In filing suits here, the foreign plaintiffs are attempting to circumvent favorable foreign law that protects the corporate defendant. As shown below, the forum non conveniens doctrine is a viable defense to these suits in certain situations.

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