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14 December 2021

Mexico v. Smith & Wesson: U.S. Court Duel Over Extraterritorial Legal Issues Looms with Motion to Dismiss

León Castellanos-Jankiewicz | Just Security

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This article discusses Mexico’s civil complaint against seven gun manufacturers and one gun wholesaler in the US District of Massachusetts on the grounds that the government of Mexico and its people have been “victimised” by the flow of US “lethal guns” across the border to criminal entities in Mexico. It reflects on transnational legal issues, including extraterritoriality, Mexico’s sovereign status, and the application of Mexican law in US courts in relation to this suit.