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Case of the Day: In re O’Keeffe

The case of the day is In re O’Keeffe (D.N.J. 2015). Kate O’Keeffe was a Hong Kong-based reporter for Dow Jones & Co. She wrote an article, published in the US, European, and Asian editions of the Wall Street Journal, that described casino magnate Sheldon Adelson as “foul-mouthed.” Adelson, displaying some pretty thin skin for a billionaire in my opinion, sued O’Keeffe for libel in Hong Kong. O’Keeffe brought an application under § 1782 for leave to serve a subpoena on Kirk A. Thorell, formerly the auditor for one of Adelson’s companies. The WSJ had previously reported that Adelson’s “demeanor” was one of the reasons Thorell’s firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, no longer audited the company. She suggested that Thorell might have information to support her assertion, in her article, that Adelson was “foul-mouthed.” The magistrate judge granted the application ex parte, and Adelson then moved to quash.
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Case of the Day: Halo Creative & Design v. Comptoir Des Indes

The case of the day is Halo Creative & Design Ltd. v. Comptoir Des Indes Inc. (N.D. Ill. 2015). Halo, a Hong Kong firm that designed high-end furniture, sued Comptoir Des Indes, a Québec competitor, for infringement of a US design patent as well as for copyright infringement and trademark infringement and on various other claims. Comptoir moved to dismiss on forum non conveniens grounds in favor of litigation in Canada.
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Case of the Day: SDS-IC v. Florida Concentrates International LLC

The case of the day is SDS-IC v. Florida Concentrates International LLC (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2015). Florida Concentrates, a Florida firm, sued SDS-IC, a Hong Kong corporation. It served process by delivery of the summons and complaint to SDS-IC’s Hong Kong registered office. The clerk entered a default after SDS-IC failed to answer, but SDS-IC then moved to vacate the default. The trial court held that the service was valid, and SDS-IC appealed.
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