Hilton v. Guyot

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Hilton v. Guyot
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Argued April 10, 1894
Decided June 3, 1895
Full case name Henry Hilton v. Gustave Bertin Guyot, et al.
Citations 159 U.S. 113 (more)
16 S. Ct. 139; 40 L. Ed. 95; 1895 U.S. LEXIS 2294
The Court described the factors to be used when considering the application of comity.
Court membership
Chief Justice
Melville Fuller
Associate Justices
Stephen J. Field · John M. Harlan
Horace Gray · David J. Brewer
Henry B. Brown · George Shiras, Jr.
Howell E. Jackson · Edward D. White
Case opinions
Majority Gray, joined by Field, Brown, Shiras, White
Dissent Fuller, joined by Harlan, Brewer, Jackson

Hilton v. Guyot, 159 U.S. 113 (1895), was a case decided by the United States Supreme Court in which the court described the factors to be used when considering the application of comity. Hilton established the fundamental basis for recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in the United States.[1] The decision has been called "the most detailed exposition of any American court of the principles governing the extraterritorial recognition and enforcement of judgments rendered in foreign nations."[2]

Opinion of the Court[edit]

The Court stated:

The Court also stated:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ David J. Levy, International Litigation: Defending and Suing Foreign Parties in U.S. Federal Courts (American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2003), p. 343, 346.
  2. ^ Levy, p. 343 (quoting Willis L. M. Reese, The Status in this Country of Judgments Rendered Abroad, 50 Columbia Law Review 783, 790 (1950))).
  3. ^ Hilton v. Guyot, 159 U.S. 113, 143 (1895).
  4. ^ Hilton v. Guyot, 159 U.S. 113, 170 (1895).