Are Chevron’s Hands Really Clean? A Reply To Doug Cassel

Ambassador Nathalie Cely responds to Chevron advocate Doug Cassel’s recent comment on Ecuador’s charges that Chevron was guilty of misconduct in the lead-up to the judicial inspections in Lago Agrio. I’m very pleased that partisans on both sides have been able to give their views an airing here. A note for email subscribers: there are lots of footnotes; please read this in your browser!
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Case of the Day: Regenicin v. Lonza Walkersville, Inc.

The case of the Day is Regenicin, Inc. v. Lonza Walkersville, Inc., (N.D. Ga. 2014). Regenicin sued Lonza Walkersville for breach of contract, tortious interference, and other business torts. Regencin sought leave to effect service on one of the defendants, Lonza Group, Ltd., in Switzerland under the Hague Service Convention. You might say, “a plaintiff doesn’t need to seek leave to invoke the Convention,” and you would be right, but Regenicin’s motion was actually a bit more ambitious: Regenicin sought leave to serve the documents via the Convention, but without having to translate the exhibits, which were voluminous. Article 5 permits the central authority to require translations.
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Belfast Project: Criminal Charges Filed In the McConville Murder Case

Ivor Bell, allegedly a senior member of the Provisional IRA in the 1970s, was arrested last week on charges of aiding and abetting the murder of Jean McConville. For those who have been following the Belfast Project case here for a while, this is interesting for a few reasons.
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Case of the Day: Barriere v. Cap Juluca

The case of the day is Barriere v. Cap Juluca Leading Hotels of the World (S.D. Fla. 2014). Cap Juluca is an Anguilla corporation that manages a resort in Anguilla. Barriere, a Texas resident, alleged that she slipped and fell on wet tiles while she was staying at the resort and was seriously injured. She effected service of process on Cap Juluca by FedEx, with a signed receipt. Cap Juluca moved to quash the service. Anguilla is a UK overseas territory, and the UK has extended application of the Hague Service Convention to Anguilla.
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Case of the Day: Carney v. Beracha

The case of the day is Carney v. Beracha (D. Conn. 2014). Carney was the court-appointed receiver for Highview Point Partners, LLC. The court had appointed him as receiver in connection with an enforcement action by the Securities and Exchange Commission against Francisco Illarramendi for alleged violation of the federal securities laws. Carney, once appointed, filed actions against Moris Beracha and Bradleyville, Ltd., among others, to recover property for the purpose of distributing it to the victims of the fraud Illarramendi is alleged to have committed.
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Case of the Day: Norrenbrock Co. v. Ternium Mexico S.A. de C.V.

The case of the day is Norrenbrock Co. v. Ternium Mexico S.A. de C.V. (W.D. Ky. 2014). The action was for enforcement against Ternium of a judgment Norrenbock had obtained against Galvamet America Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ternium. Norrenbrock attempted to effect service on Ternium, a Mexican firm, by asking the Kentucky Secretary of State to serve the documents on Ternium’s affiliate in Texas, Ternium International. But Ternium moved to dismiss for insufficient service of process.
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