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Case of the Day: Parsons v. Shenzen Fest Tech Co.

Posted on March 1, 2021

The case of the day is Parsons v. Shenzen Fest Tech Co. (N.D. Ill. 2021). Parsons sued Shenzen on a product liability claim in 2018. He sought to effect service of process on Shenzen, a Chinese company, via the central authority under The Hague Service Convention. But despite a long period of time and several status requests to the central authority by the “vendor” Parsons had hired to effect service, he had heard nothing from the Chinese central authority. Parsons moved for an order deeming service effected or, in the alternative, granting leave to serve process by email and publication.

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Case of the Day: Facebook v. 9 Xiu Network

Posted on August 18, 2020

The case of the day is Facebook, Inc. v. 9 Xiu Network (Shenzhen) Technology Co., Ltd. (N.D. Cal. 2019). The image I’ve chosen to go with the post is the virtual bouquet I am sending to Magistrate Judge Alex G. Tse, who joins the small number of judges across the country who have begun to get the question of service by email right in cases where the Hague Service Convention applies and where the state of destination has objected to service by postal channels.

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