Posted on January 8, 2019
The case of the day is IDS Property Casualty Insurance Co. v. Gree USA, Inc. (D. Minn. 2018). It’s another example of bad, clearly wrong decisions on the Hague Service Convention. Chad and Andrea Murphy, who lived in Minnesota, owned a dehumidifier manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. of Zuhai, a Chinese firm. It allegedly caused a fire. The Murphys’ insurer, IDS, paid their claim and brought a product liability claim against Gree as their subrogee. They served process by serving the documents on a person physically present in the California, and their claim was that under California law, that service was sufficient to effect service on the Chinese firm.