Hague Service Convention: Austria and Malta to Join

hcch logoThe Council of the European Union is expected to adopt a decision authorising Austria to sign and ratify, and Malta to accede to, the Hague Convention of November 15, 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters. Continue reading

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Hague Evidence Conference: The Experts’ Group Issues Its Report

int-hcchThis is a guest post by Ted Fokman at Letters Blogatory:

Earlier this year, the Council on General Affairs and Policy of the Hague Conference established an Experts’ Group on the Use of Video-Link and other Modern Technologies in the Taking of Evidence Abroad. Continue reading

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Changes to U.S. Discovery Rules: The New FRCP 26(b)(1)

Ted Folkman of Letters Blogatory has a “major conceptual change” to the rules on discovery in the United States to report:

European readers, who love to hate U.S. pretrial discovery—this one is for you. Absent action by Congress, on December 1, 2015, an amendment to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) 26 adopted by the Supreme Court will go into effect. The main change concerns the scope of permissible pretrial discovery. Continue reading

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Art Law: S.D.N.Y on Picasso’s “Madame Soler”and Bavaria’s Sovereign Immunity – Update

Last week, I had briefly posted that Judge Rakoff had ruled against the heirs of Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (left) in their suit seeking the restitution of Picasso’s Madame Soler. Today, we have a guest post by Michael Schulz of Frankfurt’s Goethe University who looks at the case in some more detail. Continue reading

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