This Note argues that forum selection should not be invalid per se in bills of lading governed by COGSA. Part I reviews the history of COGSA including previous legislation that regulated bills of lading. Part II examines the decisions by the courts on forum selection in maritime bills of lading. Part III argues that a forum non conveniens analysis in the context of a valid forum selection clause provides courts with the necessary discretion to decide whether or not to accept jurisdiction of a case. The Note concludes that forum selection clauses in COGSA bills of lading should be valid unless the enforcement of such a clause is unreasonable in the context of a forum non conveniens analysis.
Kenneth M. Klemm,
Forum Selection in Maritime Bills of Lading Under COGSA,
12 Fordham Int'l L.J. 459
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