Christopher L. Voltz, a lawyer in private practice in Pittsburgh, has a new article on the practicalities of the Hague Service Convention in civil actions in the Pennsylania state courts: Slaying the First Dragon: Pennsylvania’s Unique and Cheap Method for Serving Chinese Defendants Pursuant to the Hague Convention, 33 Pennsylvania Lawyer (Nov/Dec 2011). I want to briefly critique his suggestions for reducing the expense and burden of complying with the Convention’s central authority provisions. Voltz notes that it can be expensive and time-consuming to translate documents into a foreign language for service via a central authority. He suggests that Pennsylvania plaintiffs can reduce the expense by taking advantage of Rule 1007 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure, which provides: An action may be…

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