A dispute that began with an errant shipment of Honduran lobsters into Alabama has turned into an international incident that is now before the Supreme Court, complete with high-powered law firm and interest group participation.
At its private conference on Friday, the Court will consider whether to add McNab v. United States, No. 03-622, and Blandford v. United States, No. 03-627, to its docket. The cases raise delicate issues of federal court interpretation of foreign law at a time when the Supreme Court itself is taking a fresh look at the importance of international law in its own jurisprudence.