Big story on the front page of the local lib fishwrap, (which is trying to gain conservative creds by being tough on meth) stating that BASF, the huge German chemical conglomerate, is laying off many of it's workers at the plant that produces pseudo-ephedrine, the ingredient in Sudafed cold medicines and other antihistamine remedies. Of course, pseudo-ephedrine is also the ingredient that meth-cooks use to brew into methamphetamine, using the "cold" reaction, sometimes known as the "nazi" method.
The state of Oregon made all remedies using pseudo-ephedrine into prescription drugs, and 33 other states have some restriction, such as on amounts, etc.
The end result is that US business for BASF in this ingredient has dried up, just like Sudafed dries up the sniffles.
Now you have to understand how the European Union works. As a Socialist super-government, it has regulations "protecting jobs". Over there, a factory can't just lay off workforce. The factory has to give a long period of notice, then pay huge unemployment insurance premiums, continue to provide the workers' bennies, etc, etc.
BASF has incurred a huge cost by it's layoffs, which it may, under EU law, try to recover from those who killed off their market, i.e. the various states within the US of A, probably Oregon first, since our Legislature made the most draconian limitation on pseudo-ephedrine of all the states regulating it.
It will be very interesting to see how this shakes out, because I expect that BASF will try to gain recompense for the US having shut off it's market. What I will be watching for is which Federal court decides to allow EU law to have precedence here, and whether that judge is immediately smacked down by higher courts, or his/her ruling is allowed to proceed to trial of the facts.
Obscure case, you say?
Not when we have this to worry about.