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February 05, 2013

When Complying with the Law in Your Own Backyard Is Not Enough: Cross-Border United States and Canada Environmental Litigation

In the rapidly evolving world of environmental law, it’s not enough to understand the rules that apply in your own backyard.  It is now prudent to have a solid grasp of the regulatory provisions that apply across the border as well.

In recent years, a number of Canadian companies have answered a knock at the door only to find a lawsuit or summons filed by an American citizen waiting on the doorstep.  But instead of crying foul in a Canadian court, Canadian companies are being dragged into American courts to be judged against U.S. standards.  Similarly, American companies have been opening their doors to find Canadian citizens beckoning American companies to Canadian courts.

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