SCOTUS: Chinese Manufacturer Cannot Use US Courts to Press American Firm for Evidence

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The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on June 13 that a Chinese manufacturer is not allowed to use the U.S. legal system to compel production of evidence in a private arbitration taking place overseas.

The high court held that federal district courts are unable to compel discovery in an arbitration case outside the United States governed by a private organization, even when an international treaty makes discovery a possibility, unless the nations in the treaty intended the arbitration panel to possess governmental authority.

The decision came in a complex case pitting a Hong Kong-based company against an American automobile parts manufacturer.

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