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Case of the Day Behrens v. Arconic

Posted on January 2, 2020

The case of the day is Behrens v. Arconic, Inc. (E.D. Pa. 2019). The case arose out of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017. The cladding on the building that allegedly exacerbated the fire was manufactured by AAP S.A.S., a French subsidiary of Arconic. In discovery, the plaintiff sought documents that, according to Arconic, were in the possession of AAP, and Arconic raised an issue under the French blocking statute.

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Case of the Day: Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger v. Kogan

Posted on October 23, 2018

The case of the day is Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger v. Kogan (N.D. Cal. 2018). Dan Shefet, the president of the Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy, a French group, and Sabine Leurheusser-Schnarrenberger, the former German minister of justice, sought leave to serve a subpoena on Aleksandr Kogan under § 1782. Both Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger and Shefet had Facebook accounts. Kogan, also known as Aleksandr Spectre, was supposed to be the principal of Global Science Research Ltd., a British firm that had allegedly made a plan “to obtain massive amounts of personal data from Facebook and use it to create psychological ‘profiles’ using, for example, people’s highly personal factors such as their romantic traits inter-related to ‘the predictions their romantic partners, family members, and friends make about their traits.’”

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Case of the Day: Fiorilla v. Citigroup Global Markets

Posted on July 4, 2018

The case of the day is Fiorilla v. Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 2018). John Leopoldo Fiorilla brought an arbitration against Citigroup in 2010. Fiorilla, a self-described “unsophisticated” investor, opened an account with Citi in 2006 to manage his $19.5 million life savings. He alleged that through “mismanagement and malfeasance,” Citi “eviscerated” his savings, which in the end were worth just $20,000. In 2012, Fiorilla’s lawyer accepted Citi’s offer to settle for $800,000, subject to negotiation of a mutually agreeable settlement agreement. But the parties disputed whether a real settlement had been reached or whether there were still material terms to be worked out. The tribunal rejected Citi’s motion to enforce the settlement agreement and its motion to terminate the arbitration based on the…

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