The World in US Courts - Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities


Summer 2013

Orrick is pleased to present the second issue of The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities.

In this issue, we discuss 28 new decisions by courts across the country and other authorities that address the "extraterritoriality" of US law, and consider whether disputes involving conduct outside the country may be litigated in US courts. Cases from trial courts, the courts of appeals, and US agencies are addressed, in the areas of the Alien Tort Statute (which provides a US forum for claims arising out of international law), Antitrust/Competition, Intellectual Property, anti-racketeering (RICO), international trade/embargoes, securities law enforcement, and white collar criminal law.

With this month’s issue, we add coverage of decisions addressing “personal jurisdiction”—whether US courts may properly hear claims against particular individuals whose conduct may have had little if any contact with the US. This expanded coverage brings within the report an issue of great potential importance to many non-US defendants.

Please take a moment to review the members of our Editorial Board, who are drawn from Orrick’s 25 offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. From this page, you may also go directly to the list of decisions discussed in this issue and the summaries of the cases and authorities. We have also provided a very brief summary description of the statutes that plaintiffs have sought to apply to conduct outside the US. To do any of these things, please click the appropriate link below.

Editorial Board

Decisions Discussed in This Issue

US Laws Discussed in This Issue

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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