Supreme Court Review 2017/2018 TERM
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2018
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Issue:  Foreign Sovereign's Interpretation of Domestic Law

Animal Science Products, Inc. v. Hebei Welcome Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.

16-1220

QUESTION(S) PRESENTED

Whether a court may exercise independent review of an appearing foreign sovereign's interpretation of its domestic law (as held by the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 6th, 7th, 11th and District of Columbia Circuits), or whether a court is “bound to defer” to a foreign government's legal statement, as a matter of international comity, whenever the foreign government appears before the court (as held by the opinion below in accord with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit).

DECISION

Awaiting Oral Arguments

CERTIORARI STAGE

Granted January 12, 2018

Certiorari Stage Documents
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Petition for Certiorari (pdf download)
Brief in Opposition (pdf download)
Petitioner's Reply (pdf download)

PROCEEDING BELOW

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Decided September 20, 2016
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