The U.S. Supreme Court rules, in relation to a class action for conspiracy to fix vitamin prices, that federal courts determining foreign law are not bound by the foreign government’s own interpretation of that law (Animal Science products / Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical)

In an opinion issued on June 14, 2018, the United States Supreme Court addressed the effect U.S. courts should give to a foreign government’s interpretation of its own laws. In Animal Science Products v. Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., the Supreme Court revived the possibility of a US$147 million price-fixing judgment against Chinese vitamin C makers, reversing the Second Circuit’s 2016 decision vacating the judgment. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Ginsburg, the Supreme Court ruled that federal courts determining foreign law under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure should accord “respectful consideration” to a foreign government’s interpretation of its own laws, but are not bound by the foreign government’s interpretation. Background The case began in 2005 when two US

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  • Norton Rose Fulbright (New York)
  • Norton Rose Fulbright (Houston)
  • Norton Rose Fulbright (Houston)

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Mark A. Robertson, Geraldine Young, Abraham Chang, The U.S. Supreme Court rules, in relation to a class action for conspiracy to fix vitamin prices, that federal courts determining foreign law are not bound by the foreign government’s own interpretation of that law (Animal Science products / Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical) , 14 juin 2018, Bulletin e-Competitions June 2018, Art. N° 90010

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