This Comment argues that Castro Alfaro and the limitations it imposes on the doctrine of forum non conveniens in international tort litigation reflect an accurate interpretation of the statute and appropriate consideration of policy implications. Part I presents the background of forum non conveniens, jurisdiction, and venue. Part I also discusses specific jurisdiction and specific venue statutes in the United States and Texas. Part II discusses the background events of Castro Alfaro, the majority opinion, and the various concurring and dissenting opinions. Part III argues that the Castro Alfaro court based its decision on proper statutory interpretation and sound international policy. This Comment concludes that the Castro Alfaro decision will support the resolution of international tort litigation by suppressing the doctrine of forum non conveniens in cases where legislatures have provided for subject matter jurisdiction and venue in specific causes of action.
Michael T. Manzi,
Dow Chemical Company v. Castro Alfaro: The Demise of Forum Non Conveniens in Texas and One Less Barrier to International Tort Litigation,
14 Fordham Int'l L.J. 819
Available at: http://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/ilj/vol14/iss3/9