U.S. Law Is So Great Even Europeans Want to Use It

The Supreme Court will decide how expansive a money-laundering case against RJR Nabisco could be.

Untraceable? Not quite.

Photographer: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg

In recent years, the Supreme Court has been loath to apply U.S. law abroad, fearing that becoming an international sheriff would alienate other nations and interfere with foreign policy. But what if foreign countries ask U.S. courts to step in? That's what is happening in European Community v. RJR Nabisco, a case that was argued Monday.

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