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NFTC Lawsuit

Supreme Court Decision

On June 19, 2000, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Massachusetts Burma law. The Court ruled that the law impermissibly intruded on the federal government's authority and was preempted by federal law regarding Burma.
Read the NFTC press release
Read the Supreme Court decision

 

Lawsuit Background

Lawsuit Summary
Concise summary of the NFTC's position and the legal issues involved in the lawsuit

NFTC Background
A profile of the National Foreign Trade Council and its history

News Coverage
News and journal articles covering the developments in the NFTC lawsuit

 

Supreme Court

NFTC Supreme Court brief

Massachusetts Supreme Court Brief

List of Amicus Briefs submitted in support of NFTC

List of Amicus Briefs submitted in support of Massachusetts

NFTC Press Release on Supreme Court Decision to hear Massachusetts-Burma Law Case
November 29, 1999

NFTC Responds to Massachusetts' Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court
October 27, 1999

 

Appeals Court

U.S. Court of Appeals Ruling on Massachusetts Burma Law
June, 1999

Brief of Amici Curiae filed by Atlantic Legal Foundation on behalf of the NFTC
June, 1999

Reply Brief for Defendants-Appellants
March, 1999

Brief for Defendants-Appellants
January, 1999

Appellate Brief filed by the National Foreign Trade Council in its case against the State of Massachusetts' Burma Law
March 9, 1999

Amicus Briefs Filed on Behalf of the National Foreign Trade Council.

Amicus Briefs Filed on Behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Brief of Amici Curiae
March 9, 1999
On behalf of the NFTC, filed by: Associated Industries of Massachusetts and Retailers Association of Massachusetts

Brief of Amici Curiae
March 9, 1999
On behalf of the NFTC, filed by: Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, Organization For International Investment, National Association of Manufacturers, United States Council for International Business, American Insurance Association, American Petroleum Institute, and American Farm Bureau Federation Supporting Affirmance


Brief of Amici Curiae
March 8, 1999
The Washington Legal Foundation joined the American Legislative Exchange Council recently in submitting an Amicus Brief on behalf of the NFTC in it's court challenge of the Massachusetts' Burma law.

 

District Court

Order and Final Judgement
November 4, 1998
The order that implements Judge Tauro's final decision that declares the Massachusetts Burma law unconstitutional. The judge's order enjoins the state of Massachusetts from enforcing the Burma law. The state's attorney general has stated publicly that the state will appeal.

Summary of the District Court Decision on NFTC v. Baker, et al.
November 4, 1998
Main points of the District Court decision summarized by USA*ENGAGE

Text of the District Court Decision on NFTC v. Baker, et al.
November 4, 1998
Order and Memorandum by Chief Justice Tauro of the District Court of Massachussetts

Amicus Curiae Brief
Appendix to the EU Amicus Curiae
October 7, 1998
In support of NFTC's lawsuit filed by the European Union

Full Legal Brief of NFTC Lawsuit v. Baker
August 13, 1998
Plaintiff, the National Foreign Trade Council's opposition to the Commonwealth of Massachussetts' Motion for Summary Judgment.


Amici Curiae Brief
July 7, 1998
Brief of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America and the Organization for International Investment as Amici Curiae in support of the National Foreign Trade Council.

Massachussetts' Claims
July 27, 1998
Defendant's memorandum in support of the Motion for Summary Judgment


Test Case Filed Contesting Validity of State and Local Sanctions Laws
April 30, 1998
National Foreign Trade Council Press Release

Lawsuit Filing
Index of the legal actions filed in the NFTC lawsuit

 

Current State & Local Sanctions

Sanctions Map
Map of the United States highlighting states and municipalities with proposed or enacted sanctions


State and Local Sanctions Watch List
Listing of all pending or proposed state and local sanctions and the most recent actions taken on them

 

Op-Eds

We Can't Have 50 Foreign Policies
13 May 2000 Washington Post
An Op-Ed in the Washington Post criticized another Post editorial in favor of the Massachusetts Burma law as "ill-advised and ill-informed, since such state laws seriously threaten the ability of our country to develop and implement a coherent foreign policy."

 

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