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Sea Breeze Salt, Inc. v. Mitsubishi Corp., 16-56350

Held that an antitrust lawsuit was barred by the act-of-state doctrine. The plaintiff corporations alleged that a Mexican-government-owned salt production company engaged in an antitrust conspiracy with a Japanese company. Affirming dismissal of the complaint, the Ninth Circuit held that the lawsuit was fundamentally a challenge to Mexico's determination about the exploitation of its own natural resources and thus was barred by the act-of-state doctrine, which precludes adjudication of the sovereign acts of other nations in U.S. courts.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/08/15

Judges

  • Wardlaw

Court

  • United States Ninth Circuit

Counsel