This week, the Hague Conference on Private International Law is holding a meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Service, Evidence and Access to Justice Conventions. At Letters Blogatory, Ted Folkman is reporting live as events unfold. The Hague Conventions of course are central to many elements of cross-border litigation, and Ted covers what changes are being discussed.
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