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Enforcement of International Arbitral Awards in the U.S. – Could a Court Abstain Due To “Inconvenience”?

Forum non conveniens is one of several judicial abstention doctrines, applied from time to time by U.S. courts, that permit a court to dismiss (without prejudice) a plenary action in its discretion. In a forum non conveniens...more

Latin America Dispute Resolution Update – The Latest Developments in Cross-Border Disputes Involving the US and Latin America

The Continuing Rise of Chinese Investment in Latin America - Chinese investment and transactions in Latin America exceeded US$125 billion in the last decade, and China is expected to continue to be a key player in Latin...more

Dutch Court Denies Approval of Collective Settlement Unless Changes Are Made as to Allocation of Compensation and Fees

The Amsterdam Court of Appeal denied approval of the €1.204 billion collective settlement of former Fortis (now Ageas) shareholders’ claims unless the parties agree to restructure the allocation of the settlement amount among...more

Grace Periods Around the World

Please see full map and corresponding legend regarding grace period around the world. ...more

Australian Court Approves Use of U.S. 28 USC § 1782

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For the first time, the Federal Court of Australia has allowed the applicants in an Australian proceeding to make applications for orders under 28 USC § 1782. In Lavecky v Visa Inc [2017] FCA 454 ("Lavecky"), the applicants...more

Supreme Court Makes a “Splash,” Upholds Hague Service by Mail, and Leaves Us Lost in Translation

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A question that has divided state courts, federal district courts and the federal circuits regarding methods of service under the Hague Service Convention (Convention) was decided May 22, 2017, by the U.S. Supreme Court in...more

Supreme Court Holds That the Hague Service Convention Does Not Prohibit Service of Process Abroad by Mail

For nearly thirty years, federal and state appellate courts have been split on the issue of whether the Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters, November 15,...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - May 2017

Public Disclosure Grace Periods Around the World - Public disclosure prior to a patent application filing can present a significant hurdle to patentability in most countries because of absolute novelty requirements....more

You've Got Mail: Supreme Court Holds Foreign Defendants May Be Served Via Certified Mail Under Hague Convention

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Starting a lawsuit against defendants outside the United States just got cheaper and easier. On May 22, the U.S. Supreme Court settled a dispute as to whether the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and...more

SCOTUS Approves International Service of Process By Mail

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court rendered an 8-0 decision in Water Splash, Inc. v. Menon, on May 22, 2017, confirming that service of a complaint and summons by mail is not precluded by the Hague Service Convention (the “Convention”)....more

Transnational Class Action Dispute Over Oil Spill Commenced in Australia

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Following the 2009 Montara Oil Field oil spill in the Timor Sea, an Indonesian seaweed farmer brought a class action in Australia against the operator of the Montara Oil Field. The action was commenced on behalf of a class of...more

Water Splash Reveals a Glaring Omission in Wisconsin's Service-of-Process Rules, Which Ought To Be Fixed

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

This week's unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in Water Splash, Inc. v. Menon, 581 U.S. ___, No. 16-254, points out a glaring omission in Wisconsin’s service-of-process rules that ought to be fixed, so that Wisconsin...more

You've Got Mail: Supreme Court Clarifies Procedures for Service of Process Abroad

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The US Supreme Court has confirmed that US litigation may be commenced against foreign parties by sending documents through the mail, provided that certain conditions are met. In Water Splash, Inc. v. Menon, No. 16-254 (May...more

The Hague Service Convention Does Not Prohibit Service of Process by Mail

The Supreme Court held in Water Splash, Inc. v. Menon, No. 16–254 (May 22, 2017), that the Hague Service Convention allows service of process by mail under Article 10(a), when two conditions are met: first, the receiving...more

Pissarro from Cornelius Gurlitt’s Salzburg Home Returned to Heirs

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News Accompanied by Deafening Silence About Ongoing Restitution Policy Failures The German government announced recently that it had returned an additional work of art found in the Salzburg home of Cornelius Gurlitt in...more

Litigation Trends in the Global Oil and Gas Industry: What You Need To Know

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Michael Davison is head of the Hogan Lovells Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment Practice Group. For close to 30 years, he has been helping clients avoid disputes. He is currently working from the firm’s London office as...more

Defamation Suit against Buzzfeed Will Proceed in Miami

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On May 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida denied the motion of Buzzfeed, Inc. (“Buzzfeed”) and its editor-in-chief to transfer to New York a defamation lawsuit involving Buzzfeed’s...more

Litigation Funding and Its Implications for US and UK Insurers

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Litigation funding is growing rapidly with the emergence of new funds and wealthy individuals willing to back cases in an ever-expanding number of jurisdictions, including in the US and the UK. It is enabling claims to be...more

Reporting From the EDRM-Duke Law 2017 Spring Workshop: eDiscovery Best Practices

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This blog post is a little longer than most as there is a lot to cover here… This week, EDRM held its first Spring Workshop since it was acquired by Duke Law last August, which means this was the first workshop held at...more

[Webinar] Current Issues in Multijurisdictional Practice; Protecting Confidential and Privileged Information with International...

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

When legal issues with footprints in many jurisdictions need to be resolved, attorneys need a roadmap and a checklist to plan their strategy. This webinar will cover current rules and issues/mishaps, and the consequences for...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - April 2017

With the implementation of Revisions to the Chinese Patent Examination Guidelines on April 1, 2017, the April 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter includes information and practical tips for...more

Blurring The Line Between Foreign and Domestic: The Expansion of Search Warrant Powers Overseas

A dispute in California federal court over whether Google must turn over documents stored overseas in response to a search warrant may have major implications for white collar practitioners and their clients. Last week Google...more

USPTO Director Grants Extension for Missed IPR Appeal to Federal Circuit

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The USPTO Director granted a request to extend a missed deadline for an appeal of an IPR decision to the Federal Circuit due to the patent owner’s excusable neglect in Mitsubishi Cable Industr., Ltd. v. Goto Denshi Co., Ltd.,...more

Don’t Be an April Fool: How to Avoid the Hague Hangover

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In the latest variation on “April Fool,” the Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities Held with an Intermediary will become effective in the U.S. on April 1, 2017. In one of its...more

Termination for convenience: What is the contractor entitled to?

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Construction contracts often include termination for convenience clauses. Three recent cases highlight the potential financial implications of terminating for convenience....more

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