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