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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

Disclaiming Proper Appointment With The Secretary Of State – “All You Have To Do Is Ask”

by Allen Matkins on

A lot of things in life may upset you. One these might be discovering that you have been improperly appointed as an agent for service of process, director or officer of a California corporation. Corporations Code Section...more

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

by Wilson Elser on

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

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

Dear Bankruptcy Defendant, U.S. Mail Service Is Valid

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

“You have been served” – the famous phrase uttered by process servers everywhere, may never be heard by a bankruptcy defendant. Why? Well, Bankruptcy Rule 7004 bestows the rare privilege of nationwide service 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

by White & Case LLP on

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

Supreme Court Clarifies Rules on International Service by Mail

by Genova Burns LLC on

Resolving an issue that has divided state courts and the federal circuit courts, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today in Walter Splash, Inc. v. Menon, No. 16-254, that the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and...more

Supreme Court Decides Water Splash, Inc. v. Menon

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court decided Water Splash, Inc. v. Menon, No. 16-254. The Court held that the Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters (Hague...more

Presenting Creditor Claims Against Estates After Ohio Supreme Court’sDecision in Wilson v. Lawrence

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Ohio Supreme Court provided more guidance regarding how creditors present their claims against estates with its ruling in Wilson v. Lawrence, Case Nos. 2015-2081, 2016-0180, 2017-Ohio-1410....more

FINRA Office of Dispute Resolution Party Portal Now Required

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Amendments to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.'s ("FINRA's") Customer and Industry Codes of Arbitration Procedure require that all parties (except for pro se customers) to FINRA arbitrations must use the...more

Copyright Plaintiff Allowed to Subpoena ISP to Discover Defendant’s Name

A recent decision from the District of Connecticut is part of a series of copyright cases where a plaintiff, unable to identify the accused infringer except by the Internet Protocol (or “IP) address used at the time of the...more

This Foreign Corporation’s Status May Be Forfeited, But The Resident Agent Remains

by Allen Matkins on

A recent ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Otis D. Wright II illustrates how it may be easier to enter California than to leave it. Real v. St. Jude Med., Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47081 (C.D. Cal. Mar. 29, 2017)...more

NJ State Court Authorizes Facebook as an Alternate Means of Service

Service through social media has come to New Jersey. The Morris County Chancery Court, in a first-of-its-kind case in New Jersey, held that Facebook is a reasonable alternate means of service, and an acceptable sole means of...more

USBs an unreliable medium for service under Security of Payment Act

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In Parkview Constructions Pty Limited v Total Lifestyle Windows Pty Ltd, the Supreme Court of NSW recently found that the delivery of copy of an adjudication application under the Building and Construction Industry Security...more

Sharply Divided Supreme Court Declines to Establish a Bright-Line Rule on Non-Lawyers Representing Corporations in Administrative...

by Sedgwick LLP on

A non-lawyer with no apparent formal connection to a corporation is the sole representative of the corporation at an administrative proceeding. When the decision comes down, it’s never properly served on the corporation. Is...more

A Challenge to Hague Service by Mail Is Now Before the SCOTUS…Finally

by Wilson Elser on

In Water Splash v. Menon, case number 16-254 before the U.S. Supreme Court, a long-standing and deep split of authority on a basic question involving international service of process has finally reached the high court. This...more

Serving contractual notices: wrong method, right result

by White & Case LLP on

Contracts usually stipulate for specific requirements that need to be carefully followed in serving contractual notices, failing which serious issues may arise. Two recent cases highlight the courts' approach to notice...more

Petition To Vacate Arbitration Award Served By Email Did Not Constitute Service Under FED. R. CIV. P. 5

by Carlton Fields on

The Second Circuit has affirmed a decision finding email insufficient for service, absent consent to such method. In the underlying district court, the Petitioner emailed a copy of his petition to one of Respondent, Deutsche...more

Federal Appellate Rule Changes

by Jaburg Wilk on

The amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, effective December 1, 2016, arise, for the most part, out of changes in technology. Some of the amendments refine prior Rules that, while taking into account...more

Service of Process on Foreign Defendants

by Fish & Richardson on

The Supreme Court has agreed to review whether service of process by mail on foreign defendants is permissible or whether service through diplomatic channels is necessary. While the case that raised this issue is from a state...more

US Supreme Court to Decide Whether Foreign Defendants May Be Served by Mail

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to review a key issue concerning service abroad of process on foreign defendants — namely, whether foreign defendants may be served by mail. The case, Menon v. Water Splash, Inc., marks the...more

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