In Monday’s post I mentioned John Coyle’s new paper, Rethinking Judgments Reciprocity, which is forthcoming in the North Carolina Law Review, but it’s worth its own post. The main point of the paper is to provide a model for thinking about whether to include a reciprocity requirement in judgment recognition statutes. But what really stands out in the paper, in my view at least, is John’s efforts at taking an empirical look at actions for judgment recognition. How many of them are there, from what countries do the judgments come, and how much money is at stake? The table summarizing his findings is worth the price of admission (which is zero, since the paper is available on SSRN.
The latest batch of FOIA documents from the State Department have arrived. Here are some highlights:
The case of the day is Elobied v. Baylock (E.D. Pa. 2014). Hashim Elobied sued Trescott Baylock for breach of an oral contract for the purchase and sale of a Bentley Continental GT. Let me just pause to marvel at an oral contract for the purchase of a Bentley. I’m not sure which law applies to the substance of this case, but I hope the governing law doesn’t have the Statute of Frauds!