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Case of the Day: In re Gorsoan Ltd.

Posted on July 27, 2020

The case of the day is In re Gorsoan Ltd. (SDNY 2020). Gorsoan, a Cyprus company, and Gazprombank, the Russian bank, sued dozens of defendants, including Janna Bullock, in Cyprus, alleging a $25 million fraud. The Cyprus court issued a worldwide asset freeze injunction and requiring the defendants, including Bullock, to disclose their assets. Bullock did not comply with the order. So in 2013, Gorsoan obtained an order under § 1782 for issuance of a subpoena to Bullock. Although the court granted the application and the Second Circuit affirmed, “Bullock did not produce much, if any, discovery.” The judge, on Gorsoan’s motion, ordered a second deposition under judicial supervision, but at that deposition, Bullock invoked her right against self-incrimination and refused to testify. In…

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Case of the Day: Reflex Media v. Apiriliaco

Posted on December 10, 2018

The case of the day is Reflex Media, Inc. v. Apiriliaco, Ltd. (9th Cir. 2018). The case illustrates nicely the distinction drawn in Water Splash v. Menon between methods of service that the Hague Service Convention authorizes, and methods of service that the Convention merely permits. Reflex served process on Apiriliaco in Cyprus via mail—sent by the plaintiff or its lawyer, not the clerk. Cyprus is a party to the Convention and has not objected to service by postal channels. Reflex then obtained a default judgment, and Apiriliaco appealed.

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Case of the Day: Avotiņš v. Latvia

Posted on May 30, 2016

The case of the day is Avotiņš v. Latvia (ECHR 2016). Pēteris Avotiņš, an investment consultant residing in Latvia, had borrowed $100,000 from F.H. Ltd., a Cyprus company. FH sued in the Limassol (Cyprus) District Court, alleging that Avotiņš had failed to pay. The Cyprus court granted leave to serve the summons on Avotiņš outside of Cyprus after FH provided an affidavit giving the address of Avotiņš’s supposed habitual residence in Riga. Avotiņš later asserted that the address was neither his business address nor his home address, but rather merely the address of the place where he had signed the deed evidencing the debt.

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