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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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Case of the Day: SEC v. Nagaicevs

Posted on July 25, 2013

The case of the day is SEC v. Nagaicevs (N.D. Cal. 2013). The SEC alleged that Igors Nagaicevs, a Latvian national, had gained unauthorized access to online brokerage accounts and made trades in those accounts to manipulate securities prices in his favor. It brought claims under § 17(a) of the Securities Act and § 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act. The SEC sought to make service of process via the Latvian central authority, using the address Nagaicevs had used to open most of his trading accounts. The central authority returned the request for service unexecuted, indicating that “the addressee cannot be located.” The SEC then moved under FRCP 4(f)(3) for leave to serve Nagaicevs by email, using the email address he had provided to…

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