Phones, e-cigarettes, and exploding batteries. These are dry cells– not batteries. Far less likely to explode than the lithium ion devices at issue here. (They’re also far less capable of doing the job.) Public domain, Wikimedia Commons. Back in law school, I marveled at the most prevalent type of case discussed in Product Liability class… exploding pop bottles.* To hear Allen Rostron (my P.L. View Full Post
Certain magic the Hague Service Convention lacks Hedwig‘s cousin, Dave, who used to deliver mail for a grumpy old warlock in Hogsmeade.  When he retired, Dave found life in the Muggle world far less taxing. [Floyd Davidson via Wikimedia Commons.] Last May, the Supreme Court resolved a circuit split– quite decisively– over the validity of serving a defendant by mail under Article 10(a) of the Hague Service Convention.  View Full Post
When to translate documents for Hague requests “Wet ink”: exactly what you think it means.  (I like fountain pens.  They make my scribbly handwriting look almost elegant.) An interesting quandary popped up a few weeks ago.  My client (all of my clients are fellow lawyers) told me that he’d just received the translations of the documents he needed to serve in China, and was about ready to file them with the court. View Full Post
How to Serve Process in the United States (for Canadian litigators) Peace Garden– Manitoba/North Dakota border.  [Bobak Ha’Eri , via Wikimedia Commons.] This blog is primarily geared toward U.S. and Canadian attorneys who need to serve documents off-continent.  For the most part, there’s no difference between what a U.S. lawyer must do and what a Canadian lawyer must do to serve in Asia or Europe or many other parts of the world.  View Full Post