• Proposed Legislation May Make It Easier to Sue Foreign Manufacturers in the United States
  • September 8, 2009
  • Law Firm: Winston & Strawn LLP - Chicago Office
  • On August 6, 2009, the Foreign Manufacturer Legal Accountability Act of 2009 (S. 1606) was introduced into the United States Senate. Although the bill remains a long way from becoming law, it may draw support from those in Congress increasingly concerned about safety issues arising from products manufactured overseas, particularly those manufactured in China. Although much of the concern focuses on China, it would be inconsistent with U.S. international trade obligations to single out China for special treatment, so the bill in fact addresses all foreign manufacturers. Therefore, if passed, the bill will substantially alter the risk of litigation facing all foreign manufacturers currently beyond the reach of U.S. courts. This client briefing reviews the proposed legislation, places it into context, and considers its potential impact.