Tag: Russia

  • DNC v. Wikileaks: Russia Asserts Immunity

    In its lawsuit against Wikileaks, Russia, and others, the Democratic National Committee has effected service on Russia under 28 U.S.C. § 1608(a)(4), slowest and most solemn method of service in foreign sovereign cases, and the only one that is more or less guaranteed to work. By diplomatic note, Russia returned the documents that the United […]

  • Quick Thoughts on the DNC’s Lawsuit Against the Trump Campaign, Russia, and Wikileaks

    The Democratic National Committee has filed a lawsuit against Russia, Wikileaks, President Trump’s campaign, and others in New York. The complaint features many of the claims we have been reading in the news about the hacking of the DNC’s emails, their publication on Wikileaks, the Trump campaign’s participation, and so forth. My views on President […]

  • Case of the Day: Alpha Bank v. Yakovlev

    The case of the day is AO Alpha Bank v. Yakovlev (Cal. Ct. App. 2018). Alpha, a Russian bank, loaned money in 2007 and 2008 to Trial Trading House, LLC, a Russian firm. Oleg Yakovlev personally guaranteed the loan on terms set out in a separate surety agreement. The surety agreement chose the Meschansky District […]

  • Case of the Day: VTB Bank v. Mavlyanov

    Case of the Day: VTB Bank v. Mavlyanov

    Update (2/6/18): Marian Dent, a well-informed reader who is based in Russia, has sorted out my confusion on the sanctions issue in the comments below the post. The case of the day is VTB Bank (PJSC) v. Mavlyanov (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2018). VTB, a Russian bank, sought recognition and enforcement of a $37 million Russian […]

  • Case of the Day: Epic Games v. Mendes

    The case of the day is Epic Games v. Mendes (N.D. Cal. 2018). Epic had a copyright claim against Konstantin Vladimirovich Rak, who lived in Russia. It sought leave to serve process on Rak, whose address was known, by email under FRCP 4(f)(3).