Letters Blogatory

The Blog of International Judicial Assistance | By Ted Folkman of Folkman LLC

Posts tagged “France

Case of the Day: Salt River Project v. Trench France

Posted on April 10, 2018

The case of the day is Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District v. Trench France SAS (D. Ariz. 2018). The Salt River Project sued Trench France in a case arising out of an explosion at a Salt River power plant. Trench France brought an interesting motion seeking appointment of a commissioner under Chapter 2 of the Hague Evidence Convention, so that all information it produces to Salt River in discovery will be produced under Chapter 2. The context in which Trench France made its motion is unclear. Were there prior fights in the case about discovery? Did Salt River already seek to make use of Chapter 1? But what makes the motion so unusual is that the French defendant is actively seeking…

+Read more

Case of the Day: Trzaska v. L’Oréal

Posted on December 13, 2017

The case of the day is Trzaska v. L’Oréal USA, Inc. (D.N.J. 2017). Steven Trzaska, a lawyer, was the head of patents for L’Oréal USA, a subsidiary of L’Oréal S.A., a French company. After his employment was terminated, he sued for wrongful discharge. Trzaska served process on L’Oréal S.A. by mail to L’Oréal’s CEO in Paris. L’Oréal moved to dismiss for insufficient service of process.

+Read more

Case of the Day: Vuillermin v. Mitsubishi

Posted on November 27, 2017

The case of the day is Vuillermin v. Mitsubishi Electric Europe BV (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2017). Christophe Vuillermin, a Frenchman, was convicted of fraud in France. After he completed his prison term, Vuillermin “absconded,” ending up in Miami. The victim of the fraud, Mitsubishi, brought a civil claim in connection with the criminal case (in the civil law, a civil claim can “piggyback” on a criminal claim in a way that doesn’t happen in common law jurisdictions), and in 2006 the French court entered a civil default judgment for € 237,438.11. Mitsubishi began garnishment proceedings in France. Vuillermin objected “solely on the grounds that he was not given notice of the rendition of the 2006 judgment,” but he did not claim a defect…

+Read more