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SB 386: Application of Foreign Law in Courts

GENERAL BILL by Hays

Application of Foreign Law in Courts; Defining the term “strong public policy”; prohibiting a court from enforcing certain choice of law or forum selection contractual provisions; requiring a court to review judgments and orders of foreign courts for comity before enforcing such orders or judgments; specifying judgments and orders of foreign courts that are not entitled to comity; providing that the attempt to apply the law of a foreign country is void under certain circumstances; prohibiting a trial court from dismissing an action on the grounds that a satisfactory remedy may be more conveniently sought in a foreign country; providing an exception, etc.

Effective Date: 10/1/2014
Last Action: 5/14/2014 - Chapter No. 2014-10
Location: Became Law
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF
Senate Committee References:
  1. Judiciary (JU)
  2. Governmental Oversight and Accountability (GO)
  3. Rules (RC)



Bill History

Date Chamber Action
11/8/2013 Senate • Filed
12/9/2013 Senate • Referred to Judiciary; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Rules -SJ 37
3/4/2014 Senate • Introduced -SJ 36
3/20/2014 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Judiciary, 03/25/14, 9:00 am, 110 Senate Office Building
3/25/2014 Senate • Favorable by Judiciary; YEAS 6 NAYS 3 -SJ 335
3/26/2014 Senate • Now in Governmental Oversight and Accountability -SJ 335
3/31/2014 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Governmental Oversight and Accountability, 04/03/14, 9:00 am, 412 Knott Building
4/3/2014 Senate • Favorable by Governmental Oversight and Accountability; YEAS 6 NAYS 2
• Now in Rules -SJ 442
4/4/2014 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Rules, 04/09/14, 4:00 pm, 110 Senate Office Building
4/9/2014 Senate • Favorable by- Rules; YEAS 7 NAYS 6 -SJ 459
4/10/2014 Senate • Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading -SJ 459
4/22/2014 Senate • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 04/25/14
4/25/2014 Senate • Read 2nd time -SJ 690
• Amendment(s) adopted (759664) -SJ 690
• Ordered engrossed -SJ 690
• Placed on 3rd reading
4/28/2014 Senate • Read 3rd time -SJ 722
• Amendment(s) adopted (502398) -SJ 722
• Passed as amended; YEAS 24 NAYS 14 -SJ 723
4/28/2014 House • In Messages
• Referred to Calendar -HJ 826
• Placed on Special Order Calendar, 04/29/14
• Received -HJ 826
4/29/2014 House • Read 2nd time -HJ 852
• Placed on 3rd reading
4/30/2014 House • Read 3rd time -HJ 890
• Passed; YEAS 78 NAYS 40 -HJ 890
4/30/2014 Senate • Ordered enrolled -SJ 880
5/8/2014 • Signed by Officers and presented to Governor
5/12/2014 • Approved by Governor
5/14/2014 • Chapter No. 2014-10