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Case of the Day: Crystallex v. Venezuela

Posted on August 5, 2019

The case of the day is Crystallex International Corp. v. Bolivarian Republic of Veneuela (3d Cir. 2019). I last wrote about the case in October 2016. Crystallex, a Canadian company that had invested in a Venezuelan gold mining project, won a $1.2 billion aribtral award against Venezuela after that country nationalized the gold deposits and transferred them to the state-owned oil company, PDVSA. Crystallex won confirmation of the award in Washington and then sought to attach PDVSA’s shares in PDVH, its American subsidiary, which is the ultimate parent of CITGO a Delaware corporation that, according to the court, is “best known for the CITGO sign outside Fenway Park in Boston.” You’ve got that right. PDVSA, and some of its other creditors as amici curiae,…

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Case of the Day: Halvorssen v. Simpson

Posted on November 12, 2018

The case of the day is Halvorssen v.Simpson (E.D.N.Y. 2018). Thor Halvorssen, a human rights advocate, claimed that after he criticized Derwick Associates, a Venezuelan power company, for corruption, Derwick hired Fusion GPS, the intelligence firm made famous for its connection with the Steele Dossier, to do a number on him. The claim was brought under the civil RICO statute. Halvorssen sought leave to serve three Venezuelan defendants, Leopoldo Betancourt-Lopez, Pedro Trebbau-Lopez, and Francisco Convit-Guruceaga, by service on their US lawyers.

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Case of the Day: Societe Hellin v. Valley Commercial Capital

Posted on October 9, 2018

The case of the day is Societe Hellin S.A. v. Valley Commercial Capital LLC (Fla. Ct. App. 2018). Valley sued Societe Hellin Francisco Morillo, alleging that they had defaulted on an airplane lease and a guaranty. The lease gave a Venezuelan address for both defendants. Valley said it had made unspecified attempts to serve process on them in Venezuela Panama. It then served process on Morillo’s wife in a condominium unit in Florida, but the court quashed the service on the grounds that Morillo didn’t reside there. Valley went back and sought to serve process at the condominium several times. Valley then sought leave to make substitute service on the Secretary of State. At the hearing on the motion for substitute service, the judge…

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