Supreme Court Opens With a Trip to Europe

Eurail case raises questions about respect for international law.

All aboard for the new term.

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The new Supreme Court term will include high-level discussions of affirmative action, free association and religious liberty. But the first Monday in October is starting with a suit about a Eurail pass. Specifically, the court will consider whether selling a Eurail pass in the U.S. through a subagent makes the Austrian rail service subject to liability in a U.S. court for an accident in which an American plaintiff lost her legs outside Innsbruck. And therein lies an important question about the relationship between U.S. courts and foreign entities, not coincidentally the subject of a new book by Justice Stephen Breyer.

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