Greatest Hits: January to April 2011

It’s been nearly four months since the launch of Letters Blogatory, and I decided to take a look at the aggregate statistics for the blog—which Cases of the Day have attracted the most attention?

It turns out there are four cases that have gotten the most attention, by which I mean that their page views are more than two standard deviations greater than the average. Here they are, in descending order of popularity:

Altain Khuder LLC v. IMC Mining (Victoria Sup. Ct. 2011). This was the Australian application for recognition and enforcement of a Mongolian arbitral award, where the court held that the prior proceedings in Mongolia to “verify” the award estopped the defendant to challenge the award in Australia.

Heraeus Kulzer GmbH v. BioMet, Inc. (7th Cir. 2011). This was the Seventh Circuit case in which Judge Posner approved a German plaintiff’s request for judicial assistance in a case involving theft of trade secrets.

Yugraneft Corp. v. Rexx Management Corp. (Canada S. Ct. 2010). This was the Canadian case holding that the forum’s statute of limitations provided grounds for refusal of recognition and enforcement of a foreign arbitral award.

BlueMedia, Inc. v. Sordid Ones BV (D. Colo. 2011). This was the trademark dispute between two “adult entertainment” firms where the court denied a motion for leave to serve the Dutch defendant with process by email.

What do I glean from this list?

  1. Both of the foreign cases I’ve covered are on the list. So it seems that readers are interested in more foreign coverage. I will work towards this: the main limitation is lack of access to foreign cases as they are decided. Ideas about this? Please let me know!
  2. The BluMedia case is not a particularly interesting case, but people are finding it on Letters Blogatory pretty frequently via Google. Which just goes to show that if you want a lot of hits, write about a company in the “adult entertainment” industry!

I will do another post along these lines a few months from now. In the meanwhile, thank you for reading, and I always welcome your feedback or contributions.

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