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International Law Keyed to Damrosche
Hartford Fire Insurance Co. v. California
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An action against Hartford Fire Insurance Co. (D) and other London-based reinsurers (D) was filed by California (P) on the premise that they had engaged in unlawful conspiracies to affect the market for insurance in the United States and that their conduct in fact produced substantial effect, thus violating the Sherman Act. In Hartford (D) view and argument, the district court should have declined to exercise jurisdiction under the principle of international comity. The court of appeals agreed that courts should look to that principle in deciding whether to exercise jurisdiction under the Sherman Act but that other factors, including Hartford’s (D) express purpose to affect U.S. commerce and the substantial nature of the effect produced, outweighed the supposed conflict, requiring the exercise of jurisdiction in this case. Hartford (D) appealed.
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