Senate Passes Libel Tourism Bill: Won't Recognize Ridiculous Foreign Libel Judgments
from the nice-to-see dept
Thankfully, the US has more reasonable defamation laws than many other parts of the world (though, they could still be improved). But more and more US citizens have been caught up in libel tourism cases elsewhere. The Senate has now passed an anti-libel tourism bill, which would prevent the US courts from enforcing foreign judgments in libel cases that seem to go against the US First Amendment. The bill is expected to pass in the House as well. This all seems good, though, I have to admit that I hadn't realized US courts would enforce foreign libel decision in the US even if they went against the First Amendment. You would have thought that the US courts were already prevented from allowing things like that... Rather than just a specific "libel tourism" law, why do we allow US courts to enforce foreign rulings that appear to go against US law at all?