Service of Process Abroad

Just getting the address right is only half the battle, y’all.

A huge hat tip to my friend and fellow law blogger, Ted Folkman, for his Case of the Day post last week about Peanuts Worldwide v. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule A (N.D. Ill. 1:23-cv-02965).* He very deftly connected the dots

This is penned on July 9, 2024, well in advance of the Dominican Republic’s implementation of the Hague Service Convention. It will be revised in total on October 1 when the Convention enters into force.

If the action can wait until then… wait, because for the moment, the Convention’s lack of force is at

Rich Coast. Delicious Coast. Abundant Coast. However you want to translate Costa Rica into English, it conjures images of palm trees and stunning beaches and lush interior rainforest. And parrots. Lots and lots of parrots. I have a friend who spends a month down there every winter, and who can blame him?

But there’s quite

Ordinarily, a how-to guide like this would lay out methodology for the application of the Hague Service Convention. But Panama isn’t party to the Hague Service Convention, so that idea goes out the window. This is at once a blessing and a curse.

It’s a blessing

… because you aren’t tied to a method

Congratulations. Your USM94 has arrived and you’ve fulfilled your obligation relative to the Hague Service Convention. Whether you’re a client who has retained us to file an Article 5 Request on your behalf with a foreign government, or you’ve used the Hague Envoy platform, or you’re one of those intrepid do-it-yourself* practitioners who has decided

Latest trend in litigation nationwide: Danish pharmaceutical manufacturer Novo Nordisk and its subsidiaries, sued in the United States for dramatically adverse effects of Ozempic and Wegovy. At issue is the relative safety of two medications that were originally approved for treating different yet closely related (diabetes and cardiovascular recovery) maladies, but have been found dramatically

(Hat tip to Ted Folkman, for whom Gurung v. Molhatra is a White Whale. This issue is one of mine, for similarly frustrating reasons.)

Remember that legal analysis hierarchy they told us about as 1L’s? In order of authority:

  • Precedent (binding and then persuasive, giving obiter dicta less