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Thread poster: Richard Creech

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Jan 16, 2006

In a few forum discussions I have seen people say that the law of another country doesn't apply to them because they don't live there (for example, there was recently a suggestion that a Swiss translator who worked for an Indian agency is not bound by Indian law). Please note that this is NOT necessarily true. Many countries hold people accountable under their legal systems when they enter into contracts with their nationals. The United States routinely does this. There may be problems with enforcement, but you should always consider the possibility that you will be held to the laws of a country with which you do business, regardless of where you live. This is one reason to think twice before accepting work from agencies located in countries whose legal systems you are unfamiliar with.

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xxxPRen  Identity Verified
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Too true! Jan 16, 2006

For example, companies doing business with Cuba could face U.S. sanctions owing to U.S. foreign policy. I believe a Canadian businessman recently faced charges under the Helms-Burton legislation.



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