The new global system: U.S.-style litigation is spreading

Far-reaching government regulations have allowed U.S.-style litigation to spread worldwide

Between fast food, reality tv and jazz music, American innovations have surely made their mark on the world in the 20th and 21st centuries. But U.S.-style litigation? The thorough document discovery and retention tactics that define U.S.-style litigation had never caught on beyond the country's borders, and multinational corporations have had to play by a host of different rules depending on the forum.

Now, though, that paradigm is shifting. From Dubai to Beijing, more countries are adopting U.S.-style litigation. According to Tara Lee, partner and global chair of cross border litigation for DLA Piper, this change is a recent one, not even imaginable at the turn of the century.

Charting the spread

While the FCPA is the regulation du jour worldwide, Lee says that the real statute that litigators need to watch in reaagrds to the spread of U.S.-style litigation may not come from the U.S. at all.

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