Federal Constitutional Court: Risk of Punitive Damages No Reason to Prevent Service of U.S. Action

In a ruling in January 2013, the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) confirmed its approach to service of U.S. actions in Germany under the Hague Service Convention. The court refused to hear a constitutional complaint (Verfassungsbeschwerde) filed by a German company sued in the Unites States. The German defendant had sought to stop service in Germany of a U.S. action, and had applied for a preliminary injunction to that effect. Continue reading