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Supreme Court Update

The Supreme Court grants cert. in cases involving Section 1782, The Hague Abduction Convention, and preemption of California arbitration law.

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Case of the Day: 9 Xiu Network

The case of the day is Facebook Inc. v. 9 Xiu Network Shenzhen Tech. Co. (N.D. Cal. 2021). Facebook sued Wei Gao, Zhaochun Liu, and 9 Xiu Network (Shenzhen) Technology Co., alleging they were selling fake Facebook accounts online. Facebook engaged in a “multiyear effort to serve the defendants.” The court held that the defendants had been properly served, and for present purposes let’s just assume that that’s so. Wei Gao and Zhaochun Liu were served by a method authorized by the Convention; 9 Xiu was served by email with leave of court. Facebook sought entry of default judgment, and

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More Servotronics Action

Back in March 2020, the Fourth Circuit issued a decision in the Servotronics case, holding that courts had the power, under § 1782, to order discovery in aid of a private international arbitration outside the United States.

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