U.S. Supreme Court Accepts Massachusetts Burma Case (IXA)

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Saturday, April 1, 2000
The U.S. Supreme Court has accepted a case the Commonwealth of Massachusetts filed last year to safeguard its law restricting state public purchases from persons that do business in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. On February 14, 2000, briefs were due. On March 22, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments. The National Foreign Trade Council, a private sector trade association, brought the complaint, alleging the state law violated the constitution and international treaties. Massachusetts is defending its law that requires state officials to add ten percent to the bids of all firms that do business with Myanmar, bidding on purchasing contracts with the state. Those bids must be rejected if they are no longer the lowest offer…[more]