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English Court Confirms Pre-Action Disclosure Is Available Against Parties Outside Its Jurisdiction

by Dechert LLP on

A weapon of value to litigants in England is the ability to seek disclosure of documents from a likely party to litigation before proceedings start. Obtaining such pre-action disclosure can yield crucial information at the...more

Parties Must Take Care to Avoid Risk of Defective Service in Arbitration

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Two recent English court decisions provide useful reminders that parties to arbitration agreements must take care to properly serve arbitration proceedings on the other party. In doing so, parties will avoid the risk of the...more

Finding Foreign Service Difficult? Look for the Defendant on Facebook

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Your company has entered into a contract with a smaller, foreign company to do business. While your relationship starts off strong, it quickly sours when you discover that the smaller company’s quality standards do not meet...more

Illinois Supreme Court Fundamentally Limits the Ability to Sue Non-Illinois Corporations

by Polsinelli on

Following recent precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court limited the circumstances in which a non-resident corporate defendant can be subject to suit in Illinois on claims with no connection to the...more

Faulty Foreclosure Service Results in Lienholder Having to Pay Property Owner

When a lienholder starts a foreclosure, it usually is focused on getting money into its pocket. Yet a recent opinion from the North Carolina Court of Appeals (In re: Ackah – Sept. 5, 2017) should provide a warning to all...more

A Spam Story - How One Law Firm's Spam Blocker Proved Costly to Them and to Their Client

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The Mailbox Rule is a contract law principle concerning acceptance of an offer. The rule relies on the concept that once a party places a legal document in the postal system, it will arrive at its destination and be read by...more

Charting the Waters of International Service Requirements in the Wake of Water Splash v. Menon

Partially obscured by the significant patent venue ruling in TC Heartland, another decision issued by the Supreme Court on the same day, Water Splash v. Menon, presents guidance for multinational plaintiffs and defendants...more

Timing is Everything: The District of Massachusetts Clarifies Local Rule

Caffeinate Labs, Inc. filed patent infringement and other unfair business practices claims against defendants Vante, Inc. and Alex Shlaferman. One claim alleged infringement of a design patent. The defendants moved to dismiss...more

“Thinking Out Loud” About Copyright Infringement (Again)

by Brooks Pierce on

Ed Sheeran has had plenty of court troubles recently. After reportedly reaching a settlement over his song “Photograph” earlier this year, he was recently sued (a second time) for his song “Thinking Out Loud.”...more

Hide and Seek: Plaintiff Permitted to Subpoena Internet Service Provider to Identify Alleged Infringers

Recently, E.D.N.Y. Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold ordered that a third-party subpoena may be served upon an internet service provider (“ISP”) to identify information about network users who allegedly infringed copyrighted...more

Supreme Court Clarifies When Service by Mail is Permitted under the Hague Convention

The Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters (“Hague Service Convention” or “Convention”), was designed to simplify and standardize the service of legal documents...more

You Gotta Serve Somebody, But You Gotta Do So Correctly: Preserving Sanctions Motions

by Carlton Fields on

Emails can create many problems for litigants and their lawyers, but a recent appellate decision in Florida demonstrates yet another peril: proper service, and thus preservation, of demands for sanctions....more

Knock, Knock, Knocking on Menon’s Door

In a decision sure to have wide-ranging implications for cross-border discovery and governing privacy regimes, the Supreme Court recently held in Water Splash, Inc. v. Menon, that the Convention on the Service Abroad of...more

Judgments

by Dentons on

No duty to obtain best price reasonable in a forced sale – upheld by Court of Appeal - (1) Rosserlane Consultants Ltd (2) Swinbrook Developments Ltd v. Credit Suisse International [2017] EWCA Civ 91 - This was the...more

What can we learn from the first half of 2017?

by Dentons on

Court decisions - Whilst a number of cases in the first six months of 2017 dealt with issues of particular interest to litigators (e.g. LBI EHF v. Raiffeisen on default provisions and service by fax, BPE Solicitors v....more

Marshal Service for Arbitration Awards, Relic or Requirement?

So you’ve got an arbitration award, what next? In other types of civil cases, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Rules) control service, and they have greatly reduced the role of U.S. Marshals in serving parties. See Fed....more

Sixth Circuit Holds That Court-Ordered Service by Publication Does Not Violate the FDCPA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against Midland Funding, LLC (Midland), and its collection law firm under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)....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

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

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