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Case of the Day: State Farm v. Gree USA

Posted on October 2, 2019

The case of the day is State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. Gree USA, Inc. (S.D. Ind. 2019). State Farm sued Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. and Gree Electric Appliance Sales, both located in Hong Kong, as subrogee for its insured, Dennis Holdren, alleging that a fire in Holdren’s house was caused by a defect in a dehumidifier manufactured by Gree. State Farm served process on Gree by serving its US subsidiary (actually, a second-level subsidiary) in California. Gree moved to dismiss for insufficient service of process.

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Case of the Day: Development Specialists v. Li

Posted on May 15, 2017

I cannot recommend today’s case of the day, Development Specialists, Inc. v. Li (In re Coudert Bros. LLP) (S.D.N.Y. 2017), highly enough. It’s an excellent piece of work by Judge Kenneth M. Karas, a rare tour de force through FRCP 4 and its interplay with the Service Convention. Coudert Brothers, a New York law firm, had dissolved in 2005 and filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in New York in 2006. A plan of liquidation was confirmed in 2008. The plan allowed Coudert’s former partners to enter into a settlement agreement with Development Specialists, the plan administrator. According to the plan administrator’s declaration, Rupert X. Li, one of the former partners, who resided in Hong Kong, did not executed the agreement or otherwise participate…

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