Tag Archives: International litigation

US Supreme Court finds that Hague Service Convention does not prohibit service of process by mail in US lawsuits

In Water Splash, Inc v Menon, the US Supreme Court examined the question of whether the Hague Service Convention prohibits service of process by mail on non-US parties sued in US cases. The US Supreme Court unanimously found that service … Continue reading

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Cross-border litigation – international perspectives

Herbert Smith Freehills has published the first issue of a new periodic publication "Cross-Border Litigation", designed to highlight legal and practical issues specific to litigation with an international aspect. The publication will tap into the expertise of the firm's leading commercial … Continue reading

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Article published – Choice of law and jurisdiction post-Brexit: business as usual so far?

Recent reports from Parliament have identified the problems and risks that could arise post-Brexit if the current rules on choice of law and jurisdiction no longer apply, and there are no acceptable replacements negotiated. But are clients turning away from English choice of law … Continue reading

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Supreme Court refuses to apply a special jurisdiction rule to the tort of inducing breach of a jurisdiction clause

The Supreme Court has refused to craft a special rule for the tort of inducing a breach of contract where the contractual term which has been breached is an exclusive jurisdiction clause. It held that, where proceedings were commenced in … Continue reading

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Another successful challenge to jurisdiction of English court to hear claims against English domiciled parent companies in relation to acts of subsidiaries abroad

The High Court has struck out a claim against a UK incorporated parent company and set aside permission to serve a claim form out of the jurisdiction on its Kenyan domiciled subsidiary: AAA & Ors v Unilever Plc & Anor … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal gives further guidance on how jurisdiction rules apply in economic tort claim

The Court of Appeal has held that the place of the event giving rise to damage in a claim alleging conspiracy to injure by unlawful means is where the conspiracy was hatched. As the claimant bank had far the better … Continue reading

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Commercial Court finds “torpedo” action ineffective where parties agreed asymmetric jurisdiction clause

The Commercial Court has held that an asymmetric jurisdiction clause is an exclusive jurisdiction clause for the purposes of the recast Brussels Regulation. The English court was therefore entitled to continue with its proceedings where it was the chosen court … Continue reading

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Successful challenge to English court jurisdiction over claims against UK domiciled parent company in relation to acts of subsidiary abroad

Two companies in the Shell group (domiciled in the UK and Nigeria respectively) have successfully challenged the jurisdiction of the English court to hear claims against them relating to alleged pollution in the Niger Delta in Nigeria: Okpabi and others … Continue reading

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Upcoming webinar – International Litigation Update

On Tuesday 18 October (12noon – 1.00pm UK time) we will present the first in a new series of webinars for Herbert Smith Freehills clients and contacts, focussing on the issues that arise in litigating cross border disputes. In this webinar: Larry … Continue reading

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Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements will apply to Singapore from 1 October 2016

The Convention aims to increase the effectiveness of jurisdiction clauses and make judgments obtained under those clauses easier to enforce. Currently the Convention applies only as between Mexico and the EU member states (other than Denmark), so the addition of … Continue reading

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