P.M. North


The United States and the United Kingdom are presently completing negotiations on an accord that will providefor the reciprocal recognition and enforcement of civil judgments. The negotiations have been the subject of considerable debate, the sharpest criticism being expressed by British exporters who fear that recognition of United States judgments in the United Kingdom will subject them to increased antitrust and products liability claims. Through an analysis of theproposed agreement against the existing statutory and common law rules, Commissioner North addresses these criticisms. He concludes that the additional burden of American judgments on English defendants created by the agreement does not justify the present degree of opposition to it.