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Nafta Meets the American Torts Process: O'Keefe V. Loewen

31 Pages Posted: 28 May 2001 Last revised: 9 Nov 2007

Michael I. Krauss

George Mason University School of Law

Abstract

The systematic bias against out-of-state defendants in American tort law is acutely illustrated in the important Mississippi case, O'Keefe v Loewen. This case, which resulted in the bankruptcy of the Canadian defendant, has itself become an international cause celebre because of the NAFTA challenge it has spawned. In this article, the factual backdrop of the case is described, the NAFTA challenge analyzed, and the implications of the challenge for tort reform are discussed.

Keywords: NAFTA, O'Keefe, Loewen, out-of-state defendants, tort reform

JEL Classification: K13

Suggested Citation

Krauss, Michael I., Nafta Meets the American Torts Process: O'Keefe V. Loewen. George Mason Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 69-98, Fall 2000; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 07-39. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=271265

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