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Sponsors: Senator Grooms
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Introduced in the Senate on April 25, 2017
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4/25/2017 Senate Introduced and read first time 4/25/2017 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary
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TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, TITLE 14 OF THE 1976 CODE, BY ADDING SECTION 14-1-250, TO PREVENT A COURT OR OTHER ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITY FROM ENFORCING FOREIGN LAW IN THIS STATE FROM A FORUM OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES OR ITS TERRITORIES UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The General Assembly finds that it is necessary to protect the residents of the State from the application of foreign law from a forum outside of the United States or its territories if that application will result in the violation of a constitutionally guaranteed right, including, but not limited to, the right to due process, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, or any right of privacy or marriage as specifically delineated in the Constitution of this State or of the United States.
SECTION 2. Chapter 1, Title 14 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 14-1-250. (A) As used in this section, the term 'foreign law' means any law, rule, or legal code or system established and used or applied in or by another jurisdiction outside of the United States or its territories.
(B) A court, arbitrator, administrative agency, or other adjudicative, mediation, or enforcement authority may not enforce a foreign law if it would violate a constitutionally guaranteed right of this State or of the United States. The provisions of this section apply only to actual or foreseeable violations of the constitutional rights of a person caused by the application of the foreign law.
(C) Notwithstanding another provision of law, if any contractual provision or agreement:
(1) provides for the choice of a foreign law to govern its interpretation or the resolution of a dispute between the parties and if the enforcement or interpretation of the contractual provision or agreement would result in a violation of the constitutional rights of a person, then the contractual provision or agreement must be modified or amended to the extent necessary to preserve the constitutional rights of the parties;
(2) provides for the choice of venue or forum outside of the United States or its territories and if the enforcement or interpretation of the contractual provision or agreement applying the choice of venue or forum would result in a violation of the constitutional rights of a person, then the contractual provision or agreement must be interpreted to preserve the constitutional rights of the person against whom enforcement is sought. In addition, if a natural person subject to personal jurisdiction in this State seeks to maintain litigation, arbitration, agency, or similarly binding proceedings in this State and if a court of this State finds that granting a claim of forum non conveniens or a related claim violates or would likely lead to the violation of the constitutional rights of a nonclaimant in the foreign forum with respect to the matter in dispute, then the claim must be denied;
(3) is incapable of modification or amendment to preserve the constitutional rights of the parties pursuant to the provisions of this section, then the offending provision is null and void."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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