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Case of the Day: Panchenkova v. Chigirisnky

The case of the day is Panchenkova v. Chigirinsky (Conn. Super. Ct. 2015). Tatiana Panchenkova and Shalva Chigirinsky were married in Russia in 2003. In 2009 they divorced, and a Russian court ordered Chigirinsky to pay one-half of his income to the wife as child support. The court also divided the parties’ assets evenly, and because Chigirinsky was awarded certain particularly valuable assets, the award included an order requiring him to pay Panchenkova more than 350,000 rubles. Panchenkova, who then resided in Connecticut, sought recognition and enforcement of the Russian judgment.
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Case of the Day: Kuznetsov v. Kuznetsova

The case of the day is Kuznetsov v. Kuznetsova (N.Y. App. Div. 2015). The husband and wife were married in Russia in 1991. In 2003, the husband obtained an ex parte judgment of divorce from a Russian court. In 2007, the husband then sought a divorce, and other relief, in Kings County, New York. The wife sought a declaration that the Russian divorce was valid and that the parties’ 2002 separation agreement was also valid. The husband sought a declaration that both were invalid. The judge ruled in favor of the wife, and the husband appealed.
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Case of the Day: Smith v. Wolf Performance Ammunition

The case of the day is Smith v. Wolf Performance Ammunition (D. Nev. 2015). Andrew Smith alleged that he was injured when, in 2012, “the firearm and ammunition he was using exploded in his face.” He sued Sporting Supplies International, apparently the merchant from whom he bought the allegedly defective ammunition. SSI impleaded Tula Cartridge Works, a Russian corporation, claiming Tula was liable to it for contribution and indemnification. SSI sought leave under FRCP 4(f)(3) to serve process by alternate means on Tula, noting Russia’s unilateral refusal to execute requests under the Hague Service Convention originating in the United States. In particular, SSI sought leave to serve process by mail and by email. Russia has objected to service under Article 10 of the Convention.
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