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Case of the Day: Badgerow v. Walters

The case of the day is Badgerow v. Walters (S. Ct. 2022). Denise Badgerow was a financial advisor who worked for REJ Properties. REJ was run by Greg Walters and others. Badgerow, whose employment contract had an arbitration clause, brought an arbitration against Walters under federal law and state law for wrongful termination. The arbitrators decided the case in Walters’s favor. Badgerow brought an action in the Louisiana state court to set the award aside. Walters removed the case to the federal court and moved to confirm the award. Badgerow moved to remand the case on the grounds that the

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Captain Picard facepalm

Case of the Day: Al-Saadi v. Annchery Fajas USA

The case of the day is Al-Saadi v. Annchery Fajas USA, Inc. (S.D. Fla. 2022). If you want to know how I felt after reading the decision, take a look at the image to the right. The opinion doesn’t explain what the case is about. The plaintiffs, Humam Sarmad Al-Saadi and Celebrities Center for General Trading Co., sought leave to serve a subpoena on two non-parties, CI Manufacturas and Yerone Labroudett, both in Colombia, by email. The court agreed. I just cannot. It’s important to note that there is no indication in the case that the proposed witnesses are US

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Welcome to the Transnational Litigation Blog!

Readers, check out the new Transnational Litigation Blog! The blog is a project of a stellar group of scholars, some of whom are already friends of Letters Blogatory: Ingrid Wuerth, Bill Dodge, Maggie Gardner, and John Coyle. And it has a terrific group of advisors—I cannot believe they put me on the list. The freestanding blog format has its detractors. Some say that if you want to engage readers online, it’s best to stick with social media. There are a lot of law professors who do this very effectively. Some say that even if you’re going to write longform articles

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International Judicial Assistance Week at SCOTUS

It’s International Judicial Assistance Week at the Supreme Court! Golan v. Saada Today, the Court hears argument in Golan v. Saada, an Abduction Convention case. Under the Convention, the general rule is that a child has to be returned to his or her country of habitual residence, which has jurisdiction to decide questions about custody. But there is an exception to the rule requiring return when there is a grave risk that the child’s return would expose him or her to physical or psychological harm. The question in Golan is whether the US court must consider whether ameliorative measures might

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Case of the Day: Ambar v. Germany

The case of the day is Ambar v. Federal Republic of Germany (D.D.C. 2022). The story involves a look at Germany’s laws stripping Jews of their citizenship, their nationality, and their property, and Germany’s post-war efforts to make amends. Salo Feuerwerk was a Viennese Jew who owned a building in Berlin. In 1935, Germany adopted the Reich Citizenship Law, which stripped German Jews of their citizenship and rendered them German nationals. In 1937, Feuerwerk fled Austria for Romania. In the Anschluss of 1938, Germany annexed Austria and declared all Austrian citizens to be German nationals. In 1940 Feuerwerk fled Europe

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