Catharine Arrowood was quoted in South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, the Charleston Regional Business Journal, and SC Biz News on a U.S. Supreme Court case with significant implications for how international businesses resolve disputes.
At issue in the case is whether a federal statute known as Section 1782 can compel a person to meet discovery requests for use in arbitration as well as court proceedings. There is a split among the federal circuit courts on that question.
“The use of this statute to try to get more discovery in the U.S. has been maturing as disputes about its use have made their way through the courts,” Catharine said. “I think this is a very, very important case, and it will be interesting to see what the Supreme Court does with it.”
Catharine explained that international arbitration is often the most practical and reasonable way for companies in different countries to resolve a dispute. Companies have been increasingly using Section 1782 to try to expand the scope of discovery in arbitration.
You can find the article that ran in the Charleston Regional Business Journal and SC Biz News here: Engine fire at Boeing S.C. plant pivotal to Supreme Court case.
Subscribers to South Carolina Lawyers Weekly can read a different version of the article here: U.S.-style discovery rules could soon become a global export.